Meet Milo, the First Combination Smart Speaker and Home Hub with Z-Wave Plus and the Google Assistant

The Milo Smart Home Speaker (Milo) by Hogar Controls claims to be the first combination smart speaker and home hub to include support for Z-Wave Plus; it also adds multi-platform access for Zigbee, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices. Milo’s integrated smart hub feature also works with the Google Assistant, so you can ask questions, control devices throughout your home, stream music and more.

Milo leverages the Z-Wave ecosystem for control of smart home devices including lights, shades, locks, thermostats, garage door openers and more; Milo also works with the Google Assistant, so it can stream music, news, weather and more. Milo can be both a hands-free speaker or one-touch controller of a user’s favorite scenes.

Milo is an all-in-one device with Z-Wave Plus hub functionality that works with the Google Assistant for voice control and streaming and on-board one-touch scene control built into the glass top. Features include:

  • Smart speaker with built-in Z-Wave Hub featuring on-board touch controller
  • Works with the Google Assistant
  • Connectivity: Z-Wave Plus, Zigbee, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Z-Wave, featuring latest Z-Wave Security S2 framework and ability to connect hundreds of devices
  • Zigbee 1.2Hz  — connect with popular Zigbee devices
  • Bluetooth 4.0-audio streaming
  • Integrated three-microphone array for superior far field hands-free use voice recognition
  • Integrated amplified high excursion speaker with 2″ driver and dual 2″ passive radiators to deliver clear highs and deep bass
  • Controls hundreds of smart home devices through cloud to cloud integration within a home
  • Glass top with back lit one-touch scene control buttons and volume slider
  • Mic mute and unmute, configuration button
  • Lux Sensors on top of device for triggering different scenes
  • Rolled with fabric, with aluminum brim and black touch glass — available in light gray and black with other colors to come
  • DC 12V Powered
  • Compact 3.94” height x 3.35” width lightweight — less than 450 grams/1 pound
  • Includes all-in-one mobile app for control of locks, lights, sensors, thermostats, music and more
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Milo by Hogar Controls will be available in Q1 2018 for $149. Here are the details.

Gary Kayye

About Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..