IFA 2018: smart WIFI-speaker from Blaupunkt / “PVA 100“ with integrated Google Assistant, Chromecast and plug socket for wireless power supply
With the “PVA 100”, Blaupunkt presents a WIFI-speaker at this year’s IFA, which doesn’t only play music, but alleviates your day as your personal assistant. Thanks to the integrated Google Assistant, it manages daily tasks, like calendar entries, shopping lists or reminders, by acclamation, answers questions about the weather or traffic situation for instance and serves as a practical control centre for your home.
In its basic functions as a quadratic plug socket speaker the “PVA 100” offers a well-balanced sound as also especially easy access to your favourite music owning to the built-in Chromecast. With only an “Ok Google” and the corresponding command playlists from providers like Spotify or Deezer can be played via the speaker. In connection with other Chromecast-compatible models of any manufacturer the speaker also functions as an open multiroom system and provides synchronic music in different rooms without any time lag, as multiple speakers can be integrated in a home-network as well as be spoken to as a group or individually. The Voice-Match-Operation from Google Home is especially useful for families or shared flats as the speaker recognises an individual (voice) after a short voice-training and uses its User Account. In this way, individual entries, such as personal bus ride times, appointments or telephone entries can be retrieved, and favourite songs can be played if requested.
If one doesn’t wish to use the voice assistant, the integrated microphone can be turned off with the muting button. Controlling the speaker on your mobile device via Chromecast is still possible. On the top of the body housing there are more buttons provided for volume adjustments, Pause/Play, Reset as well as for the Bluetooth connection. Even without a WIFI-connection the speaker doesn’t turn silent at an output power of 2 watts. Selectively, devices can be connected via Bluetooth V4.2. The small box measures 100 x 100 x 85 mm and only weighs 250 grams. It integrates itself into any interior with its sleek white elegance. The speaker is not in need of a base to stand on and due to the plug, which is put into the socket, no bothersome cables are in the way.
The smart WIFI-speaker ”PVA 100” from Blaupunkt is visible for the first time from 31st August through 5th September 2018 on the IFA in hall 7.2b, stand 207. End of October a recommended retail price of 139 euros will be placed on the market.
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