Essential Products isn’t just introducing a new smartphone. The company also has its sights on the smart home/smart speaker space. Essential’s answer to the Amazon Echo and Google Home is called Essential Home and it’s coming… soon.
There’s no word on the launch date or price, and the company is just starting to give us an idea of what Essential Home can do. But it looks like a more attractive Amazon Echo Show, in that it’s a device that you can interact with using your voice or a touchscreen display. Essential says you can even “glance” at the device to activate it.
Powered by Ambient OS, the Essential Home lets you set custom actions for different activities. For instance, hook it up to your smart lights and you can schedule the lights to turn off at a set time using your voice, or have them flicker when a countdown timer reaches zero.
One way Essential is hoping to make its smart home speaker stand out is privacy: while Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant-enabled devices work by sending your data to a remote server, Essential Home has been designed ” to run most things on the device itself, so most data stays in your home where it belongs.”
That doesn’t mean Essential Home will never need to send data over the internet, but the company says it’s taken steps to limit data send to the cloud.