(Last update: December 2022)
The smart speakers, or smart speakers, are now part of thefurnishing millions of homes Also in Italy. Initially used as digital assistants to ask for the time or the weather forecast, they have now become the access point to home automation systems that control different aspects of daily life, depending on the home technology equipment of each person.
It is no wonder that they are widespread on the market dozens of models and types, coming from a number of producers that has grown exponentially for years to then reach a phase of consolidation. After all, with these gadgets it is now possible to program the cleaning of the robot vacuum cleaner, start the timer of the smart oven, adjust the home lighting for a gradual alarm clock and – last but not least – even listen to music.
How smart speakers have changed over time
Since 2018 — the year in which the first gadgets arrived in Italy — smart speakers have evolved in many ways. They are equipped with more sophisticated microphones and numerous, to perceive commands in the most difficult situations; boast acoustic speakers specially designed for broadcast audio and music in an optimal way in the room; they have more modern designs that match them to most environments and in some cases they are hybridized with other devices of electronics such as televisions, displays and soundbars, to give life to more recent and potentially equally interesting product categories.
The best smart speakers of 2022
A lot has changed since a handful of models were on the market, and navigating through the offerings today can be complex. Here is a rundown of all the most popular products among which it is worth aiming for in 2022, depending on needs and availability cheap.
There is only one caveat: check that thesmart ecosystem on which the products are based is the same one referred to on a daily basis with one’s smartphone or with one’s home automation gadgets. To tell the truth, nowadays almost all smart products are compatible with at least two or even three of the most popular systems, namely:
- Google Assistantthe artificial intelligence of the Mountain View house present on the products of the Nest range and on the gadgets of third-party manufacturers.
- AlexaAmazon’s digital assistant born on the smart speakers of the Amazon Echo range but now present on hundreds of products, including third-party speakers.
- Homekitsthe ecosystem managed by Apple that allows you to control home automation exclusively from products made internally by the Cupertino company.
For everyday needs, however, there is who is already more familiar with one of these three ecosystems: for these people, the choice of the smart speaker cannot ignore this element, or the risk is to end up with a product that they will end up using rarely.
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