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The NextMarket Report — Hoover

Smart Home Weekly: Alexa Set Free, Echo For All, Hoover Goes Wi-Fi

Mike Wolf Alexa Amazon Echo Echo Hoover Roost Smart Kitchen Smart Lighting Startups

Summer may be a time of vacation, swimming and slacking off, but not for those of us in the smart home (at least if Amazon has anything to say).  This past week has seen a flurry of activity, with Amazon unbundling Alexa from Echo, starting a $100 million development fund, Roost becoming available for preorder and Hoover Europe launching its Wi-Fi appliance lineup. You can read about all of these stories below as well as look at some of the interesting startups making news in the space. I also try to bring some sanity back to the smart home space which seems to...

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Hoover Europe Creates New Line of Wi-Fi Connected Appliances

Mike Wolf Hoover Smart Kitchen

Candy Hoover officially launched a line of connected home appliances this week in London under the brand Hoover Wizard. The lineup, which it announced in April and includes a dishwasher, fridge, oven and washing machine is expected to ship in August. To avoid confusion for North American readers, it should be noted this Hoover is a subsidiary of Candy, a large multibrand appliance manufacturer.  Hoover Europe split from the US based Hoover (now owned by Techtronic Industries, or TTI), and so it looks like the new lineup of WiFi home appliances will only available in Europe. This isn't the first lineup...

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