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Better speakers mean a happier life Sony's 2018 home theater lineup includes Dolby Atmos soundbars ...

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Sony has announced its 2018 lineup of home theater tech, including new soundbars and several Dolby Atmos-enabled audio products. #Hometheater #speakers
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Don't waste money on bad speakers Sony's 2018 home theater lineup includes Dolby Atmos soundbars and speakers
Sony does not mess around when it comes to CES. Last year, we were very impressed when the Japanese company unveiled an incredible Bravia OLED television and some seriously exciting audio equipment. This year, every proverbial stop has been fully ... #Hometheater #speakers
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Wireless earbuds that actually last awhile are on their way

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For me a while would be at least 5 hours. That way I an parse my day for when I'd need my wireless earbuds to be of most use. Then there's the issue of smart digital assistants.

For one, there's Amazon. Qualcomm's new "Smart Audio Platform" is designed to make it easier for companies to build smart speakers and other audio devices that use Amazon's Alexa digital voice assistant. The companies working with Qualcomm will be able ...


Will Google home, Alexa and Siri ever work together?

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Alexa or Google or Siri or Bixby or...

If you got a smart speaker this holiday, and you likely got at least one, then you also most likely have taken sides.  You'll grow accustomed the shortcomings and banter with friends about how your choice was better than theirs. I of course have both a Google home and several Echo's. Here are some weird situations I've witnessed.

Google knows way more about local businesses and delivers great search type answers. Despite this it apparently did not know the name of Santa's reindeer. Really? It also could not tell me how "much" snow I was going to get a couple of weeks ago. Alexea had not problem with either.

But ask Alexa for a review of a local restaurant or movie times and your out of luck.

And for commentary sake. Will Apple "ever" get their overpriced speaker out the door? And seriously, does Bixbi really stand a chance?

Welcome to the future.

Smart assistants like Alexa and Google Home are now in 27 million American homes. (already an old number) Soon hearables will be in everyone's ears, and we'll be in the future. Well, technically we can never be "in" the future but you get the idea.

Once this happens, whose side will you choose? Will we become digital nation state of citizens based upon our AI allegiance? Yikes! How does that end well?

What would happen if we start seriously communicating with and through these siloed AI assistants? Would they allow cross communication? Likely not. Would the advertising on one drive a divide on who buys what products? (yep, probably. See Alexa says her favorite beer is Budweiser. Though I guess the ad budget ran out since she now no longer says that)

Each of these products are developing individual strengths, why should I have to choose?

Enter Meta-AI

Before Google owned most of the search market the web was full of meta search engines. These search engines would aggregate the best of the results (according to them) from many sources and let you choose from multiple viewpoints of importance. An example would be DogPile.com. Pretty cool and sometimes useful. (maybe we need one of these for political views too? Another article).

I don't think as many people use these any longer as in the past, but they did serve a purpose back before Google ruled the roost.

Why can't I simply plug my Bragi hearable earbud into my ear, ask a question and whichever AI assistant can give me an answer, I get that one. If both can do it I get the one upvoted the most. (yes, the upvoting is dangerous. The Russians or some other organization will manipulate that I'm sure. Save us blockchain!!)

Until we have a solution that gets us what we need, when we need it without having to ask 3 or 4 different sources, or one of these platforms gets "super smart" and dominates (scary?), then we need a meta-AI solution. Who will build it? Com'on smart people, get moving!

Best smart headphones and hearables for fitness 2018

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Hearables are in their early adopter phase, so they can be pricey and feel like not quite the finished article. That also makes them exciting to use, however, and the cost has to be balanced against the fact that personal trainers can cost per hour ...


Ovie Smarterware lets Alexa manage your leftovers

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Smarterware will work with both Amazon's assistant Alexa and Google's assistant (just called Google Assistant). If you have a smart speaker with either assistant (an Amazon Echo or a Google Home for example), you can hit the button and tell your ... #bluetoothspeakersamazon
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Invest in a good pair of Bookshelf speakers Definitive Technology Demand Series Bookshelf Speakers

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Three new bookshelf models were unveiled which Sound United's Mark Suskind explained are intended to replace the Studio Monitor Series. The models start with the D7 at $499/pair which feature a 4.5" woofer and 1" aluminum dome tweeter and is also ...


Step up to better sound ELAC goes wireless in style with the gorgeous new Argo B51 bookshelf speakers
Last year at CES 2018, and then even more so in our review, we were floored by KEF's powered upgrade of its popular passive LS50 speakers, the LS50 Wireless. Packed with digital technology and incredibly powerful amplification, the LS50 Wireless are a ...




Amazon is now pushing Alexa to wearables and hearables too

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Amazon describes this as a more lightweight implementation for manufacturers of mobile products, which means smartwatches, fitness trackers, headphones and other hearables. Developers who want to take advantage of the kit will have to wait until later ... #hearables


Digital Assistants Shake Up The Wi-Fi Speaker Market

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Question is, how many different assistants can we have? Will someone develop a service that asks teh question or command of 2, 3, 4 different assistants and route that to you? OK smart people, get going on this.

The growth of Amazon- and Google-branded smart speakers “has impacted the Wi-Fi non-smart speaker market,” D'Souza also noted. Preliminary Futuresource statistics show a 16 percent drop in 2017 U.S. shipments of non-smart Wi-Fi speakers (including non ...


Valencell's New Generation Biometric Sensor System Continues to Set the Standard for Accurate Biometric Wearables ...

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RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Valencell, the leading innovator in performance biometric sensor technology, today announces the next generation of its cutting-edge Benchmark® series. Benchmark® 4.0 introduces the next in the line of turn-key biometric ...and more » #hearables
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Hearables Could Become All Day, Every Day Thanks To Qualcomm

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Hearables are going to be the hot product in 2018. You're going to start seeing people of all ages walking around with earbuds in their ears, all day long. What once would be considered geeky and stupid looking, will soon be deems cool, and stylish.

While limited battery lives for wireless hearables previously prohibited this use case, Qualcomm's new SoC intendeds to make it viable. The industry could also see effects in healthcare wearables, enabling heart sensors, for example, to operate for an ... #hearables
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Invest in a good pair of Bookshelf speakers The Definitive Technology D9 speaker's sweet sound tickles your ears

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Sumptuous is a word I've never applied to another $799 per pair bookshelf speakers, but that's exactly what the Definitive Technology Demand Series D9 sounds like to me. The sound feels like a warm hug. The D9's crisp lines and quality feel offer no ... #bookshelfspeakers
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The Best-Reviewed Bookshelf Speakers on Amazon

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Tom's guide has put together a list of some well reviewed bookshelf speakers on Amazon. Worth the read. Wireless speakers are inexpensive and simple to use, but the best-sounding speakers don't come cheap (see our review of the $500 Sonos Play:5). You can spend less money and get a better-sounding system if you're willing to buy a Bluetooth stereo ... #bookshelfspeakers
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Edifier S2000 Pro Review: Upgraded Sound For Your Music & Movies

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 These are just plain cool looking bookshelf speakers. The Edifier S2000 Pro bookshelf speakers seriously upgrade the sound on your desk or in your living room without the need for a sub and lots of wires. The clean, upscale design houses impressive sounding speakers that upgraded my office sound in an ... #bookshelfspeakers
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Amphion Helium410 Bookshelf Speakers

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At least they also come in black. I really don't care for white speakers. Despite best efforts, white just looks dusty or dirty over even a short period of time. Here's a nice side view.

One important note is that this is a studio monitor speaker series most likely designed to be listened to at a short distance. In general studio monitors are not good substitutes for home audio speaker.

From the original report - Click on image below for their review. 

We stopped by a small booth filled with beautiful speakers, each with the same minimalist, almost basic design. It was there we met Anssi Hyvönen, founder of Finnish speaker maker Amphion. Though his company had been around for almost 20 years, we had ... #bookshelfspeakers
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Lot's of folks note that the new Google Home Max is Loud! Well then that settles it, if it's loud it must be a great sounding smart speaker, right? Not sure

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This review does offer some good insights. Thanks Toms Guide.

Google Home Max review: smart gets loud
The war for your living room is on. But I'm not talking about the one battling for your eyeballs, I'm referring to the one jockeying for your ears and your voice. The world of smart, connected, wireless audio for your home has exploded over the past ... #bookshelfspeakers
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Totem Acoustic Signature One Bookshelf Speakers Review

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Some other elements of the sound presentation are unremarkable for a speaker at this price point. The soundstaging is accurate, and the bass production is defined—just as one would expect of bookshelf monitors. But the tweeter is very revealing: I ... #bookshelfspeakers
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MartinLogan Motion 15 Bookshelf Speakers

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Though MartinLogan may be best known for their ethereal electrostatic speakers, they also offer a line of speakers that use more traditional drivers. The company's Motion series includes everything from floorstanding to bookshelf and home theater ... #bookshelfspeakers
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Do we need a tech boom for the elderly?

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The book also mentions hearables that can be used as hearing aids that are also headphones and Bluetooth headsets. Coughlin is enamored with the idea that younger people (falsely, obviously) see older people only as patients and takers—as “needy and ... #hearables
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Bragi harnesses Audio Analytic technology

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It is a pioneer in smart hearables. The company manufactures wireless earphones with sensors and intelligence that enable features including real-time translation, fitness tracking, music, and gesture controls. The Dash Pro earphones, launched this ... #hearables


Smart Headphone Market Heading To $2 Billion

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hearablesApple's Airpods can hardly be called smart but they will sell well due to the Apple brand. Bragi and other that offer a far larger set of features are considerably smarter and are not locked into one ecosystem. You can almost see the future where everyone wears hearbles 24 hours a day.

Click on the image the link for the article.Though varying by size or type, headphones essentially were used by consumers to listen to music. That was before they were smart. Smart headphones link to the intelligence from a smartphone, pushing that headphone market into the billions of dollars ... #hearables


Bragi has context-aware earbuds at CES

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hearablesBragi seems to have the lead, in my opinion in the hearables market. Are they perfect? No. But every new tech revolution has to start somewhere and hearables is as nacent as they come.

According to the announcement, Bragi's latest hearables will use Audio Analytic's technology to detect and recognize several different audio events so the device can respond intelligently. The goal is to provide better hands-free use of smart devices ...and more » #hearables


How hearables could drive voice assistant usage

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I've looked at a bunch of the harables on the market and think that Bragi leads the pack for the moment. But Samsung may be poised to take the lead if it is wise and doesn't force it's smart tool, Bixby on users.

Apple, Google, Amazon, and Samsung are looking to hearables — ear-based wearables like Apple's AirPods — to broaden the reach of their voice assistants, according to Juniper Research. Roughly 44 million hearable units will be in use by the end of ... #hearables
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Hearables to grow over 500% during next 5 years

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A new report by Juniper Research predicts hearable devices in use will grow from their current level of 43 million, to 285 million by 2022. This represents a nearly sevenfold increase. The Future Hearables: Strategies, Opportunities & Forecasts 2017 ... #hearables
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Video of Italian Grandma Using Google Home Mini Goes Viral

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Smart speakers like Google Home Mini that can hear you and respond are kind of creepy, no? At least one Italian grandmother seems to think so. YouTuber Ben Actis on Wednesday posted a video of his 85-year-old grandma learning to use the smart speaker ... #bluetoothspeakersamazon
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Review: Ultimate Ears' New Blast and Megablast Speakers Bring Alexa Integration But Sacrifice Features

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Blast and Megablast support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and with a Wi-Fi connection, the two speakers work with Amazon Alexa, a first for an Ultimate Ears product. Alexa integration is somewhat limited on third-party devices, though, so it's worth noting that ... #bluetoothspeakersamazon
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Xiaomi's Yeelight Speaker Uses Alexa and Looks Like an Amazon Echo Dot

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Xiaomi's calling the Yeelight Voice Assistant a “Dual AI” speaker: The Chinese model features Xiaomi's AI voice assistant, and the global model has Alexa. The speaker packs six microphones, a single 2-watt loudspeaker, and responds to voice commands ... #bluetoothspeakersamazon
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