Denon Collaborates with Amazon, Adds Alexa Integration
Denon® Electronics, a leading manufacturer of premium home and personal audio products, announces a collaboration with Amazon to integrate Amazon Alexa hands-free voice service. With a planned launch Q1 2017, Denon and Amazon will voice enable the HEOS wireless multi-room sound platform. This follows on Denon’s move earlier this year, when it formed a focused voice user interface team, led by team leader Robby Kilgore. In a short period of time, the team has made significant headway into moving into this new area of user experiences.
“Denon has a 100-year history of performance, innovation and design, we have always been driven to provide the best possible audio experience to our customers—and we’re doing that with Amazon Alexa,” said Brendon Stead, SVP product development at Denon. “We see the recent shift towards voice as the preferred interface for searching, retrieving, and controlling music as a tremendously compelling arena where we can focus that heritage of technical excellence and innovation to deliver completely new experiences.”
What this means to HEOS users is that they will be able to control their HEOS products by using the Alexa voice service using natural speech instead of the HEOS app on an iOS, Android™ or Amazon Fire™ device. Users will be able to simply ask to play music, answer questions, get news and local information, control smart home products and more. The new music skill is expected to be available on all HEOS enabled devices by Q1 2017.