Bose to put QuietComfort RNC noise-cancelling technology into cars

Bose wants to use the noise-cancelling technology found in its headphones to block out sounds from outside cars. The leading audio brand has developed a way to eliminate noise created by rough roads, using accelerometers and microphones to measure vibrations. Software and algorithms can then calculate an acoustic cancellation signal to be played through the…

Pure introduces DiscoveR smart speaker – disconnects microphones when not in use

Digital audio specialist Pure has introduced a new Alexa-enabled smart speaker that comes with a unique, compressing design that, when closed, physically disconnects the microphones to offer total privacy from Alexa. Called DiscovR, it's a compact portable Alexa-enabled smart speaker. When speaking a command out loud isn’t always appropriate, DiscovR comes with intuitive quick corners. You can pre-set…

IFA 2018: Harman Kardon launches £549 Citation 500 smart speaker

Harman Kardon has become the latest manufacturer to launch a smart speaker. The Citation 500 is billed as a high-quality intelligent speaker with a sleek, sophisticated design. The manufacturer says the Citation 500, which was awarded with the prestigious EISA Smart Speaker 2018-2019, will deliver superb sound while complementing the aesthetics of your home. Inspired…

Polk Audio Introduces Google Assistant Smart Speaker for £179

Hi-Fi brand Polk Audio, an audio company with a 45 plus-year legacy of sound engineering and design, has become the latest manufacturer to announce a smart speaker. Called Polk Assist, this voice-controlled smart speaker incorporates Google Assistant for hands-free help around the house, music streaming and control of your smart home devices. Additionally, with Chromecast…

Are security concerns and high costs to blame for slow smart home take up?

While a new survey suggests disappointing growth, a new generation is set to embrace the benefits of the hi-tech home. Chris Price reports Despite an increased awareness of what a smart home actually is, uptake for smart home technology still remains surprisingly low. At least that’s one of the key findings of a national survey…

Older generations biggest users of smart home technology, claims new poll

A OnePoll study conducted by blinds specialist Thomas Sanderson reveals that over a third (35%) of UK adults aged 55+ have integrated smart technology within their homes while less than a fifth (18%) of those aged between 18-34 have chosen to adopt the technology where they live. The study was commissioned to assess the rate of smart home technology adoption across…