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CES 2017: NVIDIA Spot Provides Whole-Home Voice Control with Google Assistant

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The upcoming release of NVIDIA’s push into the home automation market comes in the form of a very small accessory: the NVIDIA Spot. Announced at CES, this compact device enables voice-activated control over your connected home setup. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in functionality. Powered by Google Assistant, Spot features a built-in microphone with far-field processing and echo cancellation. Spot can pick up sounds from up to 20' away and uses location triangulation with beamforming to focus each microphone’s angle to capture and process voice commands precisely. The triangulation feature requires multiple Spot devices in a room to accurately pinpoint the user’s location.

Aptly named, Spot allows you to find answers quickly (on the spot) from anywhere in your home (from any spot). Spot requires the newly announced NVIDIA SHIELD to operate and connects to it wirelessly via Wi-Fi. To ensure constant and consistent power, Spot plugs directly into a wall outlet and allows you to turn lights on and off, change the temperature, turn on the coffeemaker, and more. For even more smart home control, Spot is compatible with the Samsung SmartThings Hub and other SmartThings devices. Spot has a glowing green ring to indicate when it’s listening, and a calming voice, making NVIDIA’s newest product a friendly addition to your home.

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