Optoma Launches First Projector Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant
Showcased earlier this year in their suite at CES 2018, the Optoma UHD51A 4K smart home projector already made waves and won awards for its performance and the integration of the Amazon Alexa voice service. This week, the A/V manufacturer announced a new upgrade to the device that makes, according to the company, makes it the first projector to be compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant. Available now, the upgrade can be made via an Action for Google Home device and Android smartphones.
The upgrade means the Optoma UHD51A is now compatible with more than 45 million Alexa- and Google Assistant-enabled speakers that have been sold in the U.S. alone, according to data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. With the Google Assistant launch, consumers can access the Optoma SmartProjection Action, which lets them turn the projector on and off, adjust the volume and brightness, change inputs and display modes, and other image adjustment features.
“Consumers are increasingly integrating voice assistants into their daily routines, as well as expecting the convenience of smart home integration with their devices and electronics, so it was important for us to enable home theater to align with these growing consumer needs,” Brian Soto, head of product management at Optoma Technology, said in a statement. “At Optoma, we are focused on innovating in ways that meet consumers’ ever-evolving habits and expectations, focused on bringing quality and simplicity to their lives.”
With Alexa, Optoma UHD51A users already had access to those skills as well as controlling the USB 4K UHD media player. The company announced that it will launch additional Alexa Custom Skills that let users voice-control other advanced features, including the ability to change the display and HDR picture modes, and PureMotion settings.
The Optoma UHD51A is available now for $1,699 at various retail locations, including Amazon, Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics, Beach Camera, and B&H Photo.