Nvidia is announcing a new version of its Shield TV home streaming box today. This new model has an updated design has been rumours for a long time and support for 4K HDR streaming.
Android TVs will be getting Google Assistant, but they will require you to manually trigger the Assistant through a button. With NVIDIA’s new peripheral, called the NVIDIA Spot, you will be able to make a voice request from any room and get an answer, using the NVIDIA Shield as a hub.
The devices are small, just larger than an outlet. When you plug them in, they will be accessible through saying “OK Google” hands-free. The devices will communicate over your local Wi-Fi to the Shield to process the request and return a result. You can navigate your TV without a remote at all, perhaps the simplest TV interface possible. They work like Google Home, creating a mesh network to capture your voice anywhere in the home.
Priced at $49.99, no details of when the Spot have been released, but we’ll keep you updated when we learn more. The new Shield TV and Shield Pro are due to start shipping on Amazon.com across the US on January 16, 2017. Hopefully, the UK will get it soon after.