In a collaboration with Microsoft and Universal Electronics, QuicketSet Cloud has announced the Nevo Butler, a new smart home hub. Using voice commands, consumers will be able to control fragmented entertainment and connected devices through nevo.ai, the Butler’s white label digital assistant. The Nevo Butler is also compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa through the native nevo.ai. QuickSet Cloud offers specific kits that work with connected devices in the areas of video delivery channel, security, environmental monitoring, smart home automations, and hospitality. The Nevo Butler was announced at CES 2019, a leading technology conference.
Built on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, the Nevo Butler utilizes both Azure’s internet of things and artificial intelligence capabilities to unify entertainment systems with home automations.
“By partnering with UEI on Nevo Butler and QuickSet Cloud, we will enable UEI customers to create custom Virtual Assistant solutions, for millions of home products, powered by Microsoft’s AI and Azure IoT services,”
said Lily Cheng, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Conversational AI. For example, the user can tell nevo to turn the TV on or off, to show them movies with a specific actress, or to adjust the volume. Using the Nevo Butler with televisions does not require an accessory or a software change. It is compatible with any infrared, Zigbee RF4CE or IP-enabled systems, although it is not limited to IP connected set-top boxes or TVs.
QuickSet offers curated kits of connected devices as an add-on to the Nevo Butler. The security kit, for example, includes Ecolink door/window sensors, a motion sensor, a keypad, and a siren. Services offered include professional home security monitoring, with network security monitoring coming soon from Firedome. Aside from Ecolink, QuickSet works with the Dish Network, AT&T, RCS Technology, and Philips Hue lightbulbs.
QuickSet’s Nevo Butler faces steep competition from industry giants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant as well as smaller platforms like the Lenovo Smart Assistant. As it’s been estimated that smart home spending will double by the year 2022, many companies are collaborating with each other to stay afloat.