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If you’ve been watching for the latest smart tech and coolest new gadgets, then you’ve probably noticed the term “smart display” being used more often. Tech giants want to squeeze another screen onto your countertop. Tentatively dubbed "smart displays," these gadgets combine the functionality of smart speakers like the Google Home or the Amazon Echo with a touchscreen for watching videos, looking at pictures or seeing extra info after you ask Alexa or Google Assistant a question.
But what does “smart display” really mean, why is it becoming popular, and what differentiates it from all the other available tech? Let’s take a closer look.
In simple words, A smart display is any voice assistant smart speaker designed to be used around the home, which also includes a sizable touchscreen. You could view smart displays as the next evolution of smart speakers. Like the Google Home or Amazon Echo, they are always listening for certain wake phrases like "Alexa," or "Hey, Google" -- once they hear them, they'll respond to your questions or commands. Just like smart speakers, you can ask smart displays to control your smart home, search the web, make a call, add something to your shopping list and check you calendar, among a long list of other things.
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Specifically, these devices have touchscreens that you can use for more than just controls—screens that support entertainment, informational videos, video chats, and much more. They can also connect to and control other smart devices in the house. In practice, the smart displays we’re seeing on the market are smart Bluetooth speakers that are being augmented with screens to add more usability.
The big difference between the average tablet like an iPad and a smart display like the Echo Show is mobility. A tablet is designed to be carried with you, and is only stationary when you are. A smart display is meant to occupy the same spot for a long time—like a land phone or alarm clock—and doesn’t take up a free hand. A smart display is meant to occupy the same spot for a long time—like a land phone or alarm clock—and doesn’t take up a free hand.
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Smart displays also have a much tighter focus on voice assistant commands and video-oriented capabilities. This specialization makes smart displays very easy to use, even without training: You just talk to them. That can appeal to a broader audience than tablet computers. Smart displays are also set up so that you can control smart devices, like light switches and front door locks, with just your voice.
Smart displays have a lot of momentum as a category, and while they might not be as obviously useful as a smartphone or a smart speaker, the good ones would make a nice addition to a lot of households. They could prove themselves useful, especially if you want help in the kitchen or if you have a lot of smart home devices. For simple tasks where you might want a visual reference, such as cooking, they're better than tablets, as they have far-field microphones that are supposed to allow them to hear you from across the room. Smart displays also have more robust speakers than tablets.
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Unlike a phone, you can place a smart display in a central location so your whole family can interact with one without knowing your password. True, those family members could also give voice commands to a less expensive smart speaker, but with smart displays, they can see a view of all your connected devices and control them with a tap.
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Expect the number of smart displays on the market to keep increasing, at least for now. This is still a new field, and brands will want to explore how it can be used. There’s a lot of room for growth and new specialties here. Don't be surprised if the next generation of smart displays are designed to be wall-mounted, or even stuck on the front of your fridge, so they're up high and facing into the room for all to see. It's still early days, but it might take a while for smart home owners to figure out exactly how smart displays fit into the big picture.
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