The world is changing very rapidly with emerging technology almost every day. There is a smart device for almost every need. Thus, we also have new generation of speakers that listen as well as they sound.

Smart speakers, virtual assistants or smart home speakers can do a number of different things, including answer questions, control smart home devices, set alarms, play music, and more. Each speaker has different strengths and weaknesses, but companies like Amazon, Google, and Apple are working hard to fill the gaps and make these speakers even smarter.

Many consider them the future of home automation, not only controlling other smart home devices like Philips Hue lightbulbs and smart locks but also contain within them the smarts and versatility to manage your schedule and record this week’s shopping list.

Each of the speakers that follow have something called an artificial intelligence (“AI”) inside of them. Everything we just mentioned is done with some help from the AI.

Here are the Top 5 Artificial Intelligence Speakers defining the future,

1. Amazon Echo

It’s no small wonder that the smart speaker who pioneered the entire category is still on top three years into its existence. The Amazon Echo had more time to incubate than the Home has and a whole lifetime of experience over Apple’s still unreleased Apple HomePod smart speaker.

it supports dozens and dozens of smart home devices including the most popular ones to date: the Nest and Honeywell Smart Thermostats, the Philips Hue and LIFX smart light bulbs, Belkin smart outlets and even the Samsung SmartThings platform that extends to even more devices.

More than a capable smart home controller, the Echo can sync up to Amazon services like Amazon Music Unlimited and even, believe it or not, connect to your Google Calendar. Audio performance might not be its strongest suit and it’s not the best at answering every enquiry you might have, but it does provide the best combination of all of the above.

2. Google Home

Though the plainly named Google Assistant AI doesn’t have as much inherent personality as Alexa, the Google Home speaker it powers does.

This vaselike smart speaker is functional and attractive, sitting on an interchangeable base. It has a compact form factor that easily blends into the room’s décor.

The Home connects to your Wi-Fi so that Google’s digital assistant is only ever a short invocation away.

Simply say “OK Google” or “Hey Google” around the speaker and you’ll have access to the Home’s full selection of media controls, task management, and general trivia.

3. Apple HomePod

The HomePod is probably better described as a Sonos alternative packing a still-in-development AI under the hood.

the Apple HomePod packs a pretty serious seven beam-forming tweeters and a four-inch upward-facing woofer that Apple promises will rock the house with distortion-free audio. And while the HomePod seems primarily focused on providing the best audio experience it can, bolstered by Apple Music no doubt, it will also pack in some smart home functionality as well in the form of Apple’s HomeKit platform.

4. Amazon Echo Dot

If you don’t want to pay more than $100 for a smart speaker, you’re in luck, because Amazon’s Echo Dot is wildly affordable. For $50, you get all the smarts of the original Echo in a smaller package that can sync up with bigger speakers and other Echo Dots to make your home smarter.

Just like on the Echo, you can use the Dot to ask Alexa to play music, trigger smart home devices, make calls, read and dictate messages answer questions, play news casts, set alarms, read audiobooks from Audible, and more.

5. Harman Kardon Invoke

The Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker combines the audio technology behind renown speaker brands like JBL and AKG with Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant.

While every other smart speaker seems to compromise one function for another, this partnership appears to produce a device that is built on equal parts sound quality and digital assistant skills. And it is slated for a Fall 2017 release.

Microsoft’s AI Cortana brings the Invoke to life when you say “Hey Cortana.” You can also reassign Cortana’s wake word to anything you want, allowing you to live out whatever sci-fi fantasy floats your boat.

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