Tuesday , June 5 2018

Sonos smart speaker with built in microphone passes through the FCC


Sonos released their new privacy policy a week ago and in it revealed that they were setting up for the introduction of a Sonos smart speaker. Today one such speaker has been seen making its way through the FCC.

With Apple releasing a smart speaker that apparently has high quality sound, traditional speaker companies such as Sonos need to do something to prevent encroachment on their bottom line. Sonos have signalled their intentions to make a speaker that can be used with multiple voice assistants in their privacy policy followed by a spokesperson saying that “it also covers future voice experiences like additional voice assistants and any future products with integrated microphones.”

The FCC filing is for a Sonos speaker that has integrated voice control:

The EUT is 802.11 a/b/g/n (HT20) Client Device. Product model S13 is a high-performance all-in-one wireless smart speaker and part of Sonos’ home sound system. S13 adds integrated voice control functionality with far field microphones. Moreover, the device will support multiple voice platforms and music services, allowing customers to effortlessly control their music on Sonos.

The only included picture shows the controls for the speaker suggesting that there is a button for the mic which is strange — you would expect it to have always listening capabilities such as the Google Home speaker. It may still have these capabilities but it does make you wonder.

On the other hand, imagine a speaker that you could use with any voice assistant you choose (assuming it had always listening capabilities) that provided a high end audio experience. Sonos are not revealing any more than they already have but experts remain hopeful that they will announce it next week at CEDIA 2017.

I’ll take one. Anyone else?

Source: Zatz Not Funny.
Via: The Verge.

Scott Plowman   Associate Editor

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5 comments

  1. Not touching any Sonos stuff while it still requires the use of SMB1. http://aka.ms/stillneedssmb1

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