smart displays

Lenovo Smart Clock with Alexa is a cute upgrade for your nightstand

Lenovo Smart Clock with Alexa is a cute upgrade for your nightstand

Lenovo has added a new, more affordable smart clock to its line-up, with the Lenovo Smart Clock with Alexa Built-in delivering Amazon's virtual assistant to a nightstand. The new connected clock also supports a number of new smart docking accessories, so that owners can add features like a wireless charging pad without needing more cables or power adapters.

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Capstone Connected Thin Cast Smart Mirror Review

Capstone Connected Thin Cast Smart Mirror Review

Star Trek: The Next Generation promised me hidden displays in every wall, and now Capstone Connected claims to have delivered with its Thin Cast Smart Mirror. At first glance a regular mirror, it's only when the hidden touchscreen wakes up behind the glass that you realize the tech functionality baked inside.

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Echo Show 10 gets Conversation Mode to make requests less awkward

Echo Show 10 gets Conversation Mode to make requests less awkward

Smart speakers and other AI assistant devices are incredibly convenient, particularly for those times you need quick information without pulling out your phone or tablet. Using these devices on a regular basis can be a bit awkward, however, as every request and command must start with the wake word -- something Amazon's Conversation Mode addresses.

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Nest Hub (2nd gen) gets smarter sleeping sensing before it’s no longer free

Nest Hub (2nd gen) gets smarter sleeping sensing before it’s no longer free

Nest Hub (2nd gen) has a miniature radar sensor inside called Soli. Google previously included Soli in the smartphone Pixel 4, where it allowed users to interact with certain apps with mid-air gestures. With Nest Hub (2nd gen), Soli enables Sleep Sensing, delivering motion sensing information without the aid of a camera.

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Amazon Echo Show 15 wants to replace your kitchen TV

Amazon Echo Show 15 wants to replace your kitchen TV

Amazon started its Devices and Services event today by announcing the Echo Show 15. Compared to the other Echo Shows on the market, the Echo Show 15 is a rather dramatic departure, as it features a 15.6-inch display and can be mounted on a wall (though it can also be placed on a stand). That 15.6-inch display allows you to surface a lot of information at once, and it'll do that through the use of various Alexa widgets.

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Here’s what Amazon’s big Alexa event could bring – with some surprises

Here’s what Amazon’s big Alexa event could bring – with some surprises

Amazon's big Alexa, Echo, and Ring event may not be until next week, but some of the surprises in store - including a brand new form factor for the company's smart speaker - may already have been leaked. With previous years to guide us, Tuesday's event on September 28 is likely to be one rapid-fire announcement after the other, spanning everything from the smart home, to security, to automotive tech.

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Facebook Portal Go and Portal+ revealed: Portable and giant

Facebook Portal Go and Portal+ revealed: Portable and giant

This afternoon Facebook revealed a pair of new smart video calling devices called Portal Go and (the newest version of) Portal+. These devices are just the latest of a series of "Portal" video calling devices of varying sizes. Facebook is calling the Portal Go their "first-ever portable Portal." For... if you ever wanted to... make calls on a screen on... the go.

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Google Nest Hub might have its very own app launcher

Google Nest Hub might have its very own app launcher

Although they look like stationary tablets, smart displays like the Nest Hub or Echo Show are specifically designed to remove that misconception. The software, in particular, has an interface that isn't exactly conducive for physical interaction and is more geared towards voice commands with audiovisual feedback. It seems, however, that Google is taking things in a different direction with an experiment that brings a familiar app drawer to the Nest Hub.

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Google Nest Hub adds morning checklist to help kids get ready for school

Google Nest Hub adds morning checklist to help kids get ready for school

Last year, Google announced a then-new feature called Family Bell that enabled users to set up bell reminders. The idea was that parents could set up these reminders to announce when tasks needed to be done, such as reminding their child to get ready for an online class. The company is back with an update to the feature that ties in its Nest Hub smart display.

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How to switch to Amazon Alexa’s new Echo voice

How to switch to Amazon Alexa’s new Echo voice

Amazon's Alexa has a new voice option, and if you've wanted something new in your conversations, switching to a different sounding assistant could do the trick. The company quietly rolled out the new Alexa voice earlier this month, and changing over is straightforward.

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This Verizon Smart Display has LTE inside to get you outage answers

This Verizon Smart Display has LTE inside to get you outage answers

Verizon has revealed its own Smart Display, an Alexa-powered screen that packs its own LTE connection as well as WiFi. Built in collaboration with Amazon, it's the first example of a smart home product made with the Amazon Custom Assistant, meaning Verizon Fios customers will be able to ask for specific account details and get service support.

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Amazon eyes Soli-style radar sensors for sleep tracking and smart home

Amazon eyes Soli-style radar sensors for sleep tracking and smart home

Amazon is working on radar tech that could be used for sleep tracking, gesture control, and more, potentially paving the way to a new Echo smart device that might offer similar features to Google's latest Nest Hub. Currently, select Amazon Echo smart display models use camera-based person tracking, in order to keep the user centered for video calls. However this new system could be far more precise in its tracking.

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