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Sonos To Launch a Wireless Speaker That Would Support Multiple Voice Assistants (yahoo.com) 33

Sonos, a mid- to high-end speaker manufacturer, released an updated privacy policy for its speakers that almost certainly confirms that the company will release a speaker with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant built into the device in the near term. From a report: Though many devices that integrate with Alexa have been announced and are starting to come to market, this is one of the higher-profile examples and could be instructive for smart-speaker designers. The company first announced its intention to add voice-assistant integration to its speakers over a year ago, but didn't give any specific time frame for that step. And an FCC filing from the company that surfaced a few weeks ago showed that it is looking into systems that would support multiple voice assistants, so a user could potentially have the option to choose between Amazon's Alexa or Google's Assistant, depending on what other devices they own and what platform they prefer.
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Sonos To Launch a Wireless Speaker That Would Support Multiple Voice Assistants

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  • This way, assessing what personal assistant is more useless and downright stupid will be a far easier chore to pull off.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Sometimes trying too hard to be something more than you need to be can be a fatal mistake.

    • Sometimes trying too hard to be something more than you need to be can be a fatal mistake.

      Sonos products have always been "more than you need". That's what luxury products are.

  • Job Security. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Tuesday September 19, 2017 @12:13PM (#55225619) Homepage
    its been said before that AI and devops and the internet of things will all someday obsolete jobs like system administration and software development, but thats only if youre too myopic to see what all this crap really is. In 10 years ill still be a linux sysadmin because most of the office is incapable of interacting with technology at an academic level anymore. despite countless code camps and STEM horse-whipping, the average user will remain. Users dont want cloud SAAS, they dont want to learn PHP, they dont care about systemd. We're talking about the average jane doe or joe, face down in their cellphone in traffic, incapable of using a turn signal, and powerless to do so much as set the clock on the microwave. They want windows to update automatically but cant understand why it has to interrupt their facebook. And most importantly, theyre all perfectly content to log into facebook, post all their pictures, share all their personal preferences, and spend the day barking into a pastic talking tube they call "artificial intelligence."

    all the while, /.ers and engineers will have the same work we always have. We will be tasked with keeping up appearances as it were. we'll still be "the cloud" and "AI" for the user because its cheaper than spending 60 years undoing user culture and challenging right-to-repair/DMCA. Sure, we'll get TV shows about hackers like mr robot and ncis, but we'll always have things like big bang to quietly remind us that society, average society, truly has no concept of any of the work we do.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Huh? How does this progress from "Sonos is supporting multiple voice assistants"?

  • Why? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by thereitis ( 2355426 ) on Tuesday September 19, 2017 @12:17PM (#55225645) Journal
    Why would I want a device listening to everything in my home? Why would I want speakers that integrate such an unwanted feature? Why would I want speakers that can just stop working [slashdot.org] if I don't go along with their new privacy policy (which no speakers should ever have or need). This product line is on my never buy list, that's for certain.
    • The problem with traditional speakers is that they require integration with an AV receiver at a minimum - or choose your more complex option - you could have preamps and amps and source devices to your heart's content. To listen to Pandora or whatever streaming music service, the options out there are:

      1) Listen to it on your phone or tablet - mono and shitty
      2) Listen to it connected via a phone or tablet on bluetooth to a speaker or a receiver that supports same - stereo and shitty
      3) Listen to it connected

    • Why would I want a device listening to everything in my home?

      Why would I want windows on my home. They allow anyone to look in.

    • by ls671 ( 1122017 )

      Come on, by integrating the device into the speakers, let's hope it will be smart enough not to listen to itself and order unwanted things when the next South Park episode airs. That's obviously a win-win, or isn't it?

    • Why would I want a device listening to everything in my home? Why would I want speakers that integrate such an unwanted feature? Why would I want speakers that can just stop working [slashdot.org] if I don't go along with their new privacy policy (which no speakers should ever have or need). This product line is on my never buy list, that's for certain.

      Why do you keep asking why when you clearly are not part of the stupid masses that welcome always-on listening devices and for-dummies integration?

      I find it far easier to sit back and watch wealthy ignorance fuel our IoT-riddled economy than keep asking why all the time. Besides, I gave up on the average consumer gaining some level of technical skill or respect for privacy long ago.

  • Nag-O-Matic (Score:3, Funny)

    by Tablizer ( 95088 ) on Tuesday September 19, 2017 @12:21PM (#55225665) Journal

    "Alexa, please tell Siri to shut up."

  • >>>> Support Multiple Voice Assistants
    >> "Order Milk"

    Alexa: OK, ordered.
    Assistant: OK, ordered.
    Siri: OK, ordered.

    (3 gallons of milk appear in three cardboard boxes mid-morning and are brought just after sunset.)
  • Alexa: Pick me!

    Google: Pick me!

    Siri: Pick me!

    • by Tablizer ( 95088 )

      Alexa: Pick me! Google: Pick me! Siri: Pick me!

      In the Trump-era the 3 co's will merge: "We are the Borg, resistance is futile. Order something expensive or be assimilated."

  • Orwellian naming (Score:3, Insightful)

    by jabberw0k ( 62554 ) on Tuesday September 19, 2017 @12:46PM (#55225825) Homepage Journal

    If you sell a computer that the user cannot control, and which constantly runs malicious software,
    call it a "telephone" because telephones aren't threatening like computers are.

    If you sell a constantly-enabled microphone that sends everything to some central headquarters,
    call it a "speaker" because speakers aren't threatening like microphones are.

    Thank you for your co-operation.
    Signed, Ministry of Truth.

  • I want Multiple Voice Assassins!

    So that I can become an instant criminal mastermind overnight.

  • by neo-mkrey ( 948389 ) on Tuesday September 19, 2017 @02:22PM (#55226417)
    Sonos, an overpriced speaker manufacturer,

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