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Assistive Portable Speakers

Mobvoi's TicHome Mini Features a Built-In Google Assistant

— August 31, 2017 — Tech
Mobvoi recently unveiled its TicHome Mini, which takes the form of a small-scale smart home device with the Google Assistant.

Unlike many smart speakers that are being introduced to the market, this battery-operated one boasts a pod-like wireless design and an integrated strap that encourages portability. With this device, users are able to use the "OK Google" command to initiate everything from music playlists to smart home controls and setting alarms. With the TicHome Mini, users will also be able to seamlessly place orders for food, as well as preview their digital calendar at a glance. Upon launch, Mobvoi promises that its device may be purchased for under $100 and in a range of fun colors.

At IFA, the consumer electronics show in Berlin, Google announced two other new speakers alongside the TicHome Mini that feature its Google Assistant: the Zolo Mojo by Anker and Panasonic's GA10.
Trend Themes
1. Portable Smart Speakers - The rise of portable smart speakers with built-in voice assistants presents disruptive innovation opportunities in the consumer electronics market.
2. Wireless Pod Design - The wireless pod-like design of smart speakers offers disruptive design possibilities for the audio technology industry.
3. Voice-activated Assistance - The integration of voice-activated assistants in smart home devices creates disruptive innovation opportunities for the home automation industry.
Industry Implications
1. Consumer Electronics - The consumer electronics industry can explore disruptive innovations in the development of portable smart speakers with built-in voice assistants.
2. Audio Technology - The audio technology industry has the opportunity to disrupt the market with wireless pod designs for smart speakers.
3. Home Automation - For the home automation industry, integrating voice-activated assistants in smart home devices offers disruptive innovation possibilities.
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