What’s next, Alexa? Smart speakers hit their limits

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Munich (dpa) — Smart speakers with integrated voice assistants have been in our lives and our homes for the past half decade, helping us to control smart-home devices for lighting and heating, and playing our favourite music on demand. But is that really all there is to these handy helpers? Or will they offer more features in the future? As easy as it is to use smart speakers, the technology also quickly reaches its limits in practice. “Manufacturers have had to recognise that smart speakers are very practical for individual functional areas, but they are not universal assistants,” says smart …

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