Comcast has obtained a patent for a wise speaker — one with a really uncommon design, to say the least (due to @SteveDonohue on Twitter for pointing this out). As a substitute of choosing a spherical form that comes with the Amazon Echo and Apple HomePod Mini, and even the rounded rectangular look of the Google Nest Audio system, a sketch exhibits what seems to be a speaker with a sloped high and a large base.
On-line data present that Comcast first filed for the patent final yr, however it didn’t get accredited till April 2022. As seen within the sketch, the system appears to have playback controls on the aspect of the speaker, with an extra button and a small stand on the underside.
At first look, I’d say this system seems to be extra like a router (minus the antennas) than a wise speaker, one thing I suppose is sensible for an organization that makes a speciality of connectivity. However after one in all my colleagues mentioned it regarded like a bedpan, I simply couldn’t unsee the resemblance.
The humorous factor is that Comcast was reportedly trying into making some type of health-focused speaker that tracked your rest room habits in 2019. Though it by no means made it into the fingers (or bogs) of shoppers, it was supposed to return with sensors that tracked how usually somebody acquired up to make use of the lavatory and the way lengthy they stayed in there. On the time, Comcast made positive to emphasise that it was not a wise speaker. It’s not completely clear if these two gadgets are by some means associated, and Comcast didn’t instantly reply to The Verge’s request for remark.
I’m going to attempt my greatest to order my judgments for now — it’s nonetheless onerous to inform how the good speaker will truly look from this sketch alone. If the system is ever launched, nonetheless, I’d prefer to see how its design interprets right into a tangible speaker.