LINE has announced their new smart speaker, WAVE. It is powered by a cloud AI platform called Clova. (Read more about Clova here)
As you would expect from smart speakers these days, WAVE is able to maintain calendars and to do-lists, get information about the weather and engage in casual converstations. A highlight to point out is that it has a built in infrared blaster to control infrared supported appliences. The WAVE smart speaker can also be used to listen to music. Using the LINE MUSIC service (Not available in Malaysia), users have access to around 40 million songs.
Want a more fun option? LINE also has another model in the form of LINE Friends characters. This range of smart speakers, called CHAMP is more portable and should appeal to the more passionate LINE users.
Price and Availability
WAVE will be released in Japan in Autumn 2017. The information from the LINE website mentions a price of 15,000 yen (tax excluded). But it is not certain whether this refers to both WAVE and/or CHAMP.