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Apple reportedly working on Amazon Echo-like smart home speaker

This speaker will be powered by Siri and will carry out the same tasks that it does on iPhones and iPads.

  • Published: February 21, 2017 2:20 PM IST
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US tech giant Apple is reportedly working on Siri-powered speaker just like Amazon Echo — an artificial intelligence (AI)-based speaker that can be controlled by voice.

“The future goal of the technology is to utilize Siri as an ‘omnipresent AI assistant across devices’ rather than have a central hub,” AppleInsider reported on Tuesday.

The Siri-controlled device would likely carry out the same tasks that the personal digital assistant already does on iPhones and iPads. Earlier this week, Apple acquired Israel-based start-up “RealFace” that develops deep learning-based face authentication technology. ALSO READ: Apple acquires RealFace, an Israel-based facial recognition startup

Set up in 2014 by Adi Eckhouse Barzilai and Aviv Mader, RealFace has developed facial recognition software that offers users a smart biometric login, aiming to make passwords redundant when accessing mobile devices or PCs, the Times of Israel reported.

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  • Published Date: February 21, 2017 2:20 PM IST