Harmon Kardon’s Cortana-based Invoke smart speaker briefly appeared on the Microsoft Store website today before it was unceremoniously yanked offline.
No worries, I have it open in a tab still.
According to the Store listing, the Harmon Kardon Invoke will come in two color choices, Graphite and Pearl Silver, and it will cost $199.95. Availability is listed as October 22, but then both models are—sorry, were—already listed as “Out of Stock.”
“Introducing Invoke,” the Store listing notes. “The intelligent speaker from Harman Kardon with Cortana by Microsoft. Now Microsoft’s personal digital assistant joins you in your home—enhancing your favorite moments so you can focus on what’s important.”
Here’s the rest of the description.
Beautiful 360° sound. Voice-control your favorite music and experience premium, full 360O sound at your command. Listen to your favorite playlists, turn the volume up or down, stop and start tracks—all with the sound of your voice.
Get things done with Cortana. Built-in Cortana intelligence keeps you focused and informed throughout your day. Get answers to questions, check the latest news and weather, create reminders and lists, manage your schedule, and more.
Cortana works across your devices. Cortana is always with you whenever you need her—on your Windows 10 PC, mobile phone, and speaker. She’s got your back, whether at home, work, or anywhere in between.
Make and receive hands-free calls. Stay connected with Skype calling to mobile phones, landlines, and any Skype-enabled device. Now everyone you care about is just a “Hey, Cortana” away. [Note that every Invoke purchase includes six months free Skype calling to mobile phones and landlines in the US. –Paul]
Control your smart home devices. Your smart home can now respond to the sound of your voice. With a simple command, Cortana can dim the lights, adjust the thermostat, and more.
Humorously, the Harmon Kardon Invoke has achieved a 5.0 rating thanks to a single “review,” by this buffoon.
I will be reviewing the Harmon Kardon Invoke for real as soon as I can get my hands on one, and will compare it to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. More soon.