Vodafone presents Attika new smart TV speaker that is controlled by voice and you can get for 216 euros: Streaming platforms are booming, and especially after the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, where their consumption increased considerably due to confinement, so numerous telecommunications companies are doing everything possible to integrate them competitively.
That is why Vodafone has decided to enter the world of smart speakers with its new high-end voice control device for television called Attika.
It is the first speaker created by a Spanish operator that allows you to interact with Vodafone TV without the need to use a remote control thanks to its Bluetooth and Wifi connectivity, making it an absolute pioneer in this market.
"The voice in many areas is growing exponentially and they are allowing to perform many tasks that users previously did otherwise, such as pressing buttons," explains Ignacio García-Legaz, director of Vodafone TV.
Sagemcom has been the company in charge of the design and manufacture of the hardware that allows to differentiate the different voices of the device, while the prestigious company of the audio market Devialet has managed the sound experience with its space technology.
SPACE technology allows you to create 5.1 Dolby Audio Surround sounds that are emitted in 360º, without the need to add any other type of extra speaker.
With 21 centimeters high and 12.4 centimeters long and wide, Attika is able to change channels, open applications, find contents, navigate through the different menus, consult the programming and even turn off and on the decoder of your TV.
Vodafone presents Attika new smart TV speaker
It is not necessary to have it precisely near the TV, nor the person who is going to interact with the device, because thanks to its 2 long-distance microphones it is able to hear the sound throughout the room.
To use it, simply say the basic or standard greeting: "Hello, Attika" and then the command you want to carry out. A process very similar to" Hey Siri "or"Alexa".
As far as the latter is concerned, it is important to mention that this smart speaker also has Alexa integrated, so you can use all its functions and skills as usual.
"We are bringing something in an integrated way that did not exist before on the market," explains the director of Vodafone TV. "There is no other device that allows you to control the TV, listen to music with great audio quality and that is integrated with Alexa."
Another fact to highlight is that many of the answers of this device will not only be reflected in sound, but sometimes you can also see the information explained on the screen of your television.
And if you were thinking of practicing other languages with Attika you will have to look for another smart speaker, because this one only understands Spanish at the moment.
But how much does this apparatus cost?
Attika will be available both on the web and in physical stores, for customers and non-customers of Vodafone. For the latter the price will be 399 euros.
For subscribers of this operator the price is much lower, of 216 euros, with option to financing for 36 months for 6 euros per month and 90 days of Amazon Music Unlimited.
However, if you take the opportunity to get hold of it during Black Friday These figures fall to 144 euros or 4 euros per month financed.
Vodafone presents Attika new smart TV speaker
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The future 'riders law' that prepares the Ministry of Labor to address the situation of platform deliverers such as Deliveroo or Glovo —which were declared "false autonomous" by the Supreme Court— will force platforms to make work teams available to their workers. This will include both the bicycles, motorbikes and cars they use to move around the cities, as well as the mobile phones from which they receive orders, according to a draft revealed by the information, which has been able to access the text through social dialogue sources.
In this way, the ministry headed by Yolanda Díaz would have launched a change of criteria, since initially it was proposed that the platforms pay a salary plus or a "specific remuneration" to their workers to compensate for expenses on bicycles or other means of transport of their property. However, this will depend on collective bargaining between the platforms and the workers, because according to the information, the obligation does not appear explicitly in the text, but will be part of the duties of companies, as riders are recognized as employees.
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However and according to the information, the new legislation —which at the moment is a draft response to the first union proposal, in which the employer CEOE has not yet contributed so far— could go beyond the riders and also include the drivers of VTC, as it will affect all persons who provide services to a company that exercises its power, organization, direction and control "through the management algorithmic of service" activities such as "sharing or distribution of any consumer product or merchandise to third persons and services in the area of the family home", indicates the text.
All platforms will have to register in a Register of digital platforms, which will be publicly accessible and mandatory prior to starting the activity. Those who do not register will face fines that could reach the maximum amount of 224,830 euros.
In that registration, in addition to data on activity, sector, organization or job number of workers, there will be an item that will surely generate controversy: the algorithm used for the organization of the activity, including flow diagram and the reputation systems of the workers, if they apply, according to the text that you accessed The Information.
This inclusion in the Register of algorithms raises a future conflict over whether the intellectual property of the platforms is violated, more when the future law indicates that these companies must report on the"parameters and decision-making rules on which the algorithms are based". For trade unions it is a key element in revealing whether workers are self-employed or should be employed.
In a recent debate in which both the adigital employer and the Union Comisiones Obreras participated, the confederal secretary of youth and new forms of work of CCOO, Carlos Gutiérrez, specifically pointed out this point. In his view, the model of regulation to be applied should distinguish "when the technology is being used to coordinate" and if there are "systems of control to workers", which would associate it with the workplace, and when the work of the application is "secondary" and the relationship is commercial.
In that colloquium, the general director of the employer, José Luis Zimermann, admitted that a regulation of work through platforms is inevitable. "I have no doubt that it should be regulated on platforms and their impact on work," said the employer's representative, although he called for "a fit" between the Labor figure and the commercial one for these workers.