IFA 2017: Harman unveils smart speakers and soundbars

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by hodg100 Aug 31, 2017 at 2:19 PM

  • HARMAN International, now of course a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung, focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets at IFA 2017.
    HARMAN’s announcements at IFA 2017 combine the power of AI, smart wireless features, contemporary design and sound quality to deliver a premium listening experience for all consumers.

    At the top of the list of voice-activated innovations that HARMAN revelaed at IFA 2017 is the Harman Kardon Allure. The first and only high-end speaker in the market with Amazon Alexa, according to Harman, it combines far-field voice recognition technology with 360-degree Harman Kardon signature sound a sleek design.

    HARMAN is also announcing the integration of Google Assistant in the all-new JBL Link series of portable and home audio systems. These product families, along with the already announced Harman Kardon Invoke with Cortana from Microsoft, will complete HARMAN’s voice assistant speaker line-up for the upcoming season.

    HARMAN obviously sees voice control and smart assistant services as a cornerstone of a connected lifestyle and key component for smart products integrated into the IoT. To accompany these innovations, HARMAN has developed the all-new far field voice input technology Sonique, a ‘powerful and sophisticated’ microphone technology.

    In addition to its latest voice-enabled products and features, HARMAN is unveiling a wide array of other audio solutions at IFA 2017. These include the all-new JBL BAR series of sound bars available in four models, as well as the JBL Boombox portable Bluetooth speaker. HARMAN will also announce several new headphones, such as the JBL E65BTNC over ear, wireless, active noise-cancelling headphone, the JBL Free wireless in-ear headphone, the JBL Reflect Fit behind-the-neck, in-ear sport headphone, and JBL Jr, JBL’s first line of kids’ headphones.

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