During Amazon’s CEDIA showcase today, iHome has unveiled an alarm clock radio with full Alexa integration. We will be testing and providing a full review for this device later this month, but here’s a first look at the device, the specs, and the announcement.
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iHome Brings Alexa to the Nightstand with Voice-Activated Music System in Alarm Clock Form Factor
iHome’s elegant iAVS16 with far-field voice-activated Alexa will be on display at Amazon’s Smart Life Roadshow at CEDIA 2017 – Product will be available soon at leading US retailers
RAHWAY, N.J. and SAN DIEGO, September 7, 2017 – iHome, the leader in award-winning speakers, portable devices and smart home control solutions, today announces the iAVS16, an elegant bedside music system that integrates hands-free Alexa into a traditional alarm clock-style form factor, featuring an information-rich LCD clock display, physical snooze and music/smart home control preset buttons. The iAVS16 will be displayed at the Amazon CEDIA showcase, taking place September 7-9, 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center.
iHome is the first major brand to launch a voice-activated bedside alarm clock music system that combines the vast benefits offered by the Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS) with an information-rich LCD display and the time-tested form factor of a traditional, elegant, clock radio.
After waking to the iAVS16’s alarm clock in the morning, users can ask Alexa to turn on the lights, check the weather forecast and traffic, ask for a flash news briefing, play music, and more.
The iAVS16 supports many popular streaming music services, such as Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Spotify, and includes programmable presets for one-touch playback of any playlist, or can be utilized for smart home control. By enabling the iHome Control skill for Alexa, the iAVS16 offers seamless voice control of iHome’s SmartPlug products.
This announcement further shows iHome’s commitment to developing new products and accessories that seamlessly integrate with Alexa.
“iHome takes great pride in being an early adopter of cutting-edge technologies. This year, iHome has focused on growing its Alexa smart home offerings and integrating artificial intelligence technologies into products across all categories, including tabletop and bedside music systems, portable speakers, headphones and smart plugs,” said Gary Schultz, Director of Product and Business Development at iHome. “We’re especially proud of the iAVS16 because it’s unlike anything else out there and uniquely pays tribute to the product line that made iHome a household name. By combining iHome’s expertise in creating feature-rich bedside music systems with Alexa, we’ve created a truly unique product that elegantly wraps an alarm clock, a powerful music system, USB charging and easy to use Alexa voice control into an attractive and compact form factor that fits perfectly on a nightstand, kitchen counter and more.”
“iHome is known for its bedside alarm clocks, and now customers just ask Alexa to set alarms and more using only their voice,” said Jon Kirk, Director Amazon Alexa. “With Alexa on the iAVS16, customers can just ask to play music, hear an audiobook, create a list, and more – or even say, “Alexa, snooze!””
In true iHome fashion, the iAVS16 offers a mix of cutting-edge features and conveniences including:
- Integrated far-field, hands-free voice control through the Alexa Voice Service (AVS)
- Innovative LED lighting with unique patterns for Alexa requests, and mood lighting
- Works with a broad range of Alexa supported smart home Skills, including iHome Control Smart Plugs
- Wireless Bluetooth music streaming
- Speakerphone with digital echo cancelling and talk/end button
- 2.1 Amp USB port to charge mobile devices (cable not included)
- Time sync via NTP provides clock accuracy over Wi-Fi networks
- 10-watt internal amplifier for high-quality, room-filling sound
The iAVS16 (MSRP: $149.99) bedside alarm clock music system featuring Alexa, an informative LCD display with time, alarm and weather, Bluetooth for music streaming and hands-free calling, and USB charging is coming soon to retailers across the USA, including Amazon.com, Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond and others.
For more information about iHome and its products, please visit www.ihome.com, or check them out on Facebook (facebook.com/iHome), @iHome on Twitter or @iHome on Instagram.
iHome was established in 2005 as a division of SDI Technologies, a company with over 60 years of consumer electronics innovation.
iHome is currently pioneering a new area of connected consumer electronics with the release of its iHome Control line of smart home products. Compatible with Apple and Android portable devices, iHome has had success with a line of SmartPlugs and smart sensors. Through integrations with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Home, Nest, Wink, and Samsung SmartThings, iHome’s line of smart home products offer the broadest IoT compatibility in the market.
The first iHome product introduced, an iPod-docking clock radio, was the top-selling iPod accessory for the year and firmly established iHome as the premier brand in the audio accessories market. Today, iHome remains the #1 selling brand in digital player speakers with an impressive catalog of award-winning products.
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