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What is the smart speaker?

Called yet connected it's first, a high tech product, then it's a speaker connected directly to the internet through the High Tech product - smart speaker - cheap   This connection allows you to benefit from an integrated voice assistant.

Initially, the original main function was music streaming but it was not interesting. Today several functions have been added to give a plus and leave a simple speaker.

Several manufacturers make sound quality their first goal, while for these qualities come last.

An intelligent speaker (often portable speaker) will allow you to listen to music in two ways:

- By Bluetooth from a smartphone or tablet,
- By streaming from apps.

Several forms and models exist, the wireless or portable speaker, the compact speaker, the multiroom speaker, the small speaker or the large speaker.

How it works ?

Speakers use applications called skills. And by adding these skills to Amazon Alexa parent apps for Amazon Echo, etc., Google Assistant for Google, etc. and Siri for Apple, previously downloaded, you can access the desired functions.

Thanks to these skills, we will be able to add interactive features to the speaker: radio, games, traffic, newspapers, etc..

For the field of home automation, it is necessary to activate the skill on the speaker and the appropriate application on a smartphone.

What to expect ?

The possibilities of use are numerous. The most common are:

- listen to music in multiroom,
- make calls,
- listen to the news,
- ask questions,
- schedule alarms and timers,
- check weather and sports results,
- manage lists of things to do,
- schedule your purchases or make a reservation,
- pilot the house by having the necessary kit,
- lock the doors,
- centralize control of home systems,
- etc.

The driving is usually done by voice.

Range of Amazon

The Amazon company, a pioneer in this field, presents several models of High Tech articles:

- The Amazon Echo "classic" aka Alexa, ideal for homes,
- the Amazon Tap, easier to transport,
- the Echo Dot, very small.

Amazon Echo (2nd generation)

Caracteristics :

- it measures 148 mm in height and 88 mm in diameter,
- it weighs 0.821 kg,
- it has a double bandwidth,
- it uses Wi-Fi comptible with 802.11a/b/g/n,
- it does not use ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer),
- it has a built-in Bluetooth chip.

Application :

Once set correctly, it automatically connects to Wi-Fi in the home.

To control the device, the user must go through a dedicated application compatible with Android, iOS and Fire iOS (Amazon's own system).

Audio, it owns:

- seven microphones that capture the voice of the user while reducing noise,
- a baffle of 5 centimeters,
- a speaker reproducing high-pitched sounds,
- Dolby sound, immersive and omnidirectional with clear vocals, clear highs and deep bass.

The Alexa app is compatible with almost any device.

New Echo Plus (2nd generation)

Caracteristics :

- it measures: 148 mm of height and 99 mm of diameter,
- it weighs 0.954 kg,
- it has a double bandwidth,
- it uses Wi-Fi compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n,
- it does not use ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer),
- it has a built-in Bluetooth chip.

Application :

Audio, it owns:

- seven microphones that capture the user's voice while reducing noise,
- a baffle of 5 centimeters,
- premium speakers with 360 ° Dolby sound.

Echo Dot (2nd et 3rd generations)

Caracteristics :

- measures 32 mm in height and 84 mm in diameter for the 2,
- measures 43 mm in height and 99 mm in diameter for the 3,
- they weigh less than 200 g,


   It owns :
- an integrated loudspeaker operating as a connected alarm clock,
- seven far field microphones,

Application :

- These are hands-free devices, controlled by voice and use Alexa for several possibilities, etc.,

- Object control can be done (home automation).
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Amazon Echo Dot

Giant's range

The giant has also launched three High Tech products called "Home" :

- the Home,
- the Max,
- the Mini.

He has integrated all his armada, Gmail, Google Photos, Google Drive and others to make the most of it.

He has integrated several features into his devices. Those not listed require the use of other tools and services.

The Home

Caracteristics :

- it has no buttons, its upper part is touch,
- it is equipped with a loudspeaker and several multidirectional microphones.

Home is a voice-activated speaker. It uses the Google Assistant. It perceives the questions and he is able to do a lot of things.

The Max

It's a premium, smart and connected speaker. Personalization is the focus of Google in this device. Thus, in a home of several people, it distinguishes voices and is not mistaken when someone asks her to do something for him.

The Mini

This is the little brother of the first Google Home. It comes in the form of a small pebble running Google Assistant, Google's artificial intelligence. 

It is a system of entertainment, assistance and control of connected objects, able to respond to the voice requests of the user. It can also access all services offered by Google.


- two omnidirectional pickups,
- a 40 mm speaker,
- volume control is done by tapping on the sides of the device to increase or decrease the sound.
The only physical touch of the device is at the back of the speaker. It is used to activate or deactivate the microphone of the assistant.

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Apple's range

Apple has already launched its product in 2018: The HomePod who wants to be the rival of Google and Amazon. For this, he bets on the quality of his product.

Caracteristics :

- it measures 170 mm in height and 142 mm in diameter,
- it weighs 2.5 kg,
- it is wireless and has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Audio :

- seven horn tweeters, each with its own specific amplifier,
- six microphones and deep bass,
- dynamic treatment worthy of a professional studio.

It has been presented as a "Home Assistant", to which it is possible to assign a lot of requests (weather, internet search, news) that it will deal with the Assistant Siri.

HomePod : Apple

Other speakers

Here are some of the smart speakers that are currently on the market:

- Sony LF-S50G,
- Onkyo smart speaker P3 et V3,
- Panasonic SC-GA10,
- JBL Link20,
- Libratone Zipp,
- Harman Kardon Allure & Invoke,
- LG ThinQ.

And then there is a speaker that emerges from all the others. This is the Sonos one. It is certainly one of the best models on the market. It has sound power with impeccable sound quality and stereo sound.

This compact Wi-Fi speaker Sonos is sold in France but does not yet have all the news: Alexa, Google Assistant, AirPlay 2 for the French language.

Sonos One

- Uses Amazon's Alexa technology
- Equipped with multiple microphones.

Harman Kardon

- Dimensions 193 mm high and 166 mm wide,
- Uses Alexa from Amazon,
- Built around 4 microphones.

Sonos One
Harman Kardon Allure

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The factors that push you to buy this or that speaker are:

- The quality of voice assistants and compatible applications,
- The sound quality, sound system and amplification of the loudspeaker or loudspeakers,
- The design, the hands-free kit,
- An inexpensive speaker at the lowest price.

In 2017, the Amazon Alexa occupied the first place of sales with 70% of the market while the Google Home was placed in second position with 23% sales.

Since the beginning of 2018, another speaker is talking about it, it is the Sony LF-S50G which has an irreproachable sound quality and other new functions.

The quality speakers, the best connected speakers, portable or not, are built around a Hifi amplifier of a few watts. They use 802.11b / g / n wifi or ac and the 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz frequency bands. They are sold with their hands-free kit.

All of them currently use state-of-the-art voice assistants Alexa and Google (OK Google, Bose Surround).

And finally, plugging in your Hi Fi speaker is a plus. It allows you to add sound to the home by talking through its integrated assistant.

Invasion of privacy

Here we take extracts from the article of the CNIL France (National Commission for Information Technology and Liberties) of 12/20/2018.

Operating steps

The operating principle of a smart speaker goes through 5 stages:

- Step 1: The user gives an order using a keyword,

- Step 2: The key word pronounced "awakens" the speaker. Some speakers use voice biometry, that is, to have the user record samples of their voice for one reason or another. These data are collected without the consent of the user.

- Step 3: The user provides his request. There are two possibilities:

   . Requests are saved locally,

   . Requests are sent to the cloud, i.e. to servers that keep a request history and the corresponding data (date, time, etc.),

- Step 4: The speaker response sentences are first transcribed into text and then synthesized on the speaker,

- Step 5: The speaker is on standby.

Vigilant point

Three essential points must be respected so as not to harm his privacy. These 3 points of vigilance are:

- First point: The confidentiality of the exchanges

   If the speaker detects one of the pre-recorded keywords, it can activate and record the conversation, even if it is in standby. To remedy this:

A speaker equipped with a microphone activation and deactivation button should be preferred.,

. You have to mute the microphone or switch off the device when you don't want to be listened to,

. You have to warn everyone around you at home,

. Above all, we must supervise children's interactions.

- Second point: The monetization of the ultimate

   The enclosure is at the center of home life. Home living habits are discovered in the presence of the enclosure. The advice provided by the commission is:

. You have to connect services that are really useful for you,

. You have to be vigilant about everything that is said in front of the camera.

- Third point: The absence of a screen

   The absence of a screen does not allow to have a preview on all the recorded data. The advice recommended in this case is:

. Always go to the "dashboard" to delete the history of conversations.

News: Connected speakers

The main news of the moment is:

- It will soon be possible to pay your bills with Alexa. The complete file which also speaks of the skills available in French and the pre-programming of Alexa and Amazon Echo can be found at the following address: "Journal du Net"

- Google Nest mini and Nest Hub max arrive in France. The dossier talks about the differences between Google Home models, applications available in French, the Google assistant and how to configure Google Home. See this file

- Voice assistants can be hacked remotely by ... lasers. The file warns of the danger that surrounds us following tests made on connected speakers and laser beams. The file is here: "Journal du Geek"

- Amazon Echo Input test to connect all your speakers. Echo Input allows you to add Alexa to an external speaker via Bluetooth or with an audio cable. Le test est fait par : "Presse Citron"

- A $ 50 reduction on Apple's HomePod speaker. This article is on "Ubergizmo"