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Universal Electronics and Microsoft collaborate on a turnkey digital assistant platform for smart home hubs

January 17, 2019 / ANASIA D'MELLO

Universal Electronics Inc.,, a global provider of universal control and sensing technologies for the smart home, is collaborating with Microsoft to launch a new digital assistant platform for the home built on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform using AI and IoT services. Artificial intelligence (AI) is now playing a key role in improving access to smart living products and services, and this is only expected to expand in size and scope. Digital assistants that connect consumers to important services such as safety and security, collaboration and scheduling or bring joy through better interaction with entertainment devices, will play a key role in delivering the experiences promised by a brand. In order to empower brands to deliver these experiences quickly, efficiently, and directly to consumers, Universal Electronics and Microsoft have collaborated to offer a white-label smart home hub platform, Nevo Butler, with an integrated digital assistant, as well as a range of turnkey kits addr...