The smart home market is one where competition has become fiercer over the last 24 months, but the battle for the cleverest AI butler is only just starting.
Echo works with devices such as lights, switches, thermostats, and more from WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, Nest, ecobee, and Wink.
It offers full remote presence, has smart appliances control including lights, locks, thermostats and others, and can also perform CCTV functions with a camera capable of shooting any angle.
The startup managed to raise over $111k on Indiegogo by September last year, and said that if the campaign reached $100k, it would also built in virtual reality capabilities into the sphere.
The idea came from Dr Cynthia Breazeal, an MIT professor and expert on social robotics.
Google Home has been designed from scratch to be interoperable with other Google smart home products and devices from other vendors.