HARMAN Reveals the Harman Kardon Invoke™ Intelligent Speaker with Cortana from Microsoft

Harman Kardon's Cortana-powered Echo rival makes Skype calls

Harman Kardon's Cortana-powered Echo rival makes Skype calls

After a brief tease past year, Microsoft and Harman Kardon today revealed the Invoke, a Microsoft Cortana-powered speaker coming this fall to challenge Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Brad revealed Harmon Kardon's secret website for its Cortana-powered Invoke smart speaker earlier today. The Invoke speakers offer 360-degree sound, ability to make and receive calls via Skype, and other functionalities offered by Cortana that one might expect.

Microsoft and Harman first revealed images of the speaker previous year, but now there is a "coming soon" at the top of the product page, which was first spotted by Thurrott, and has given users more details about the device.

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And of course, it will include Harman Kardon's "high-quality sound", with "3 woofers and 3 tweeters [giving] full range, true 360-degree sound". You will be able to interact with Cortana for the news, weather, calendar, traffic, reminders and so much more. Microsoft, Cortana and Skype are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. The new Invoke is capable of accepting and making Skype calls to other Skype-enabled devices, landlines, and cellphones.

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'This is our next step in bringing Cortana to even more devices to help users be more productive wherever they are'. The Invoke will continually listen for the "Hey Cortana" trigger that already works with Windows 10 PCs and the Cortana app for phones.

The cylindrical tower, built by speaker and electronics firm Harman International, was teased by the Samsung subsidiary and Microsoft in short blogposts on Monday. Once invoked, certain skills can manipulate Cortana to begin a conversation between it and the user, it adds. Ready or not, here comes Cortana. Harman Kardon makes this Echo-lookalike is made by Harman Kardon and it's powered by Microsoft's Cortana voice platform.

Invoke will be available in Pearl Silver or Graphite, with a sleek design to enhance your home.

Harmon Kardon says the Invoke will launch this fall. The Invoke will be available only in the USA starting this fall, and for now, a spokesperson for Harman says there are no immediate plans to bring the product to other countries.

Upon first glance, the Invoke looks very similar to an Amazon Echo but features a wider base that tapers towards the top.

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