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Smart appliances poser: Talk to them, or text 'em?

But maybe there's no need for any human command - smarter machines can learn and anticipate our habits

The Amazon Echo, a voice-controlled virtual assistant (above).

An attendee (above) gesturing towards a new Google Inc Home device during a product launch in San Francisco, recently.


IN TODAY'S so-called smart home, you can dim the lights, order more toothpaste or tell the kids to go to bed simply by talking to a small Wifi-connected speaker, such as Amazon's Echo or Google's Home.

This voice-first market - combining voice with artificial intelligence...

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