Ninety7 LOFT gives Google Home battery power

Source Droid Life

After the VAUX, a clever battery-powered speaker dock for the Amazon Echo Dot comes LOFT, a way to turn Google Home into a portable assistant.

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) published a new report today from its latest "home automation devices" study that shows Amazon and its Echo products with a 76 percent US market share, compared to 24 percent for Google and its Google Home device.

Google released its Google Home device in November. For Google Home too, Ninety7 is is the first supplier for attachable battery base. It adds a battery to the speaker setup with 4 LEDs to display battery levels. The Dox is made especially for the Amazon Echo Dot while the Loft is exclusively for the Google Home. Say their respective wake words, and they'll act as music streamers, smart home controllers or personal assistants. It can offer up to 8 hours of usage on a single charge.

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LOFT attaches to the bottom of the Google Home, clinging there via magnets in a similar way to how Google's own interchangeable speaker covers fit. The introductory price of the Ninenty7 LOFT is also lower at $39.95 from the $49.95 retail price.

While Google is working on the next version of Google Home, which will be smaller than the first version, it is good to see third-party manufacturers coming up with nifty accessories for the smart speaker.

I know it might sound ridiculous, but I sometimes find myself yearning for a way to move my two Google Homes around. Snap off your Google Home base, and the metallic Loft snaps in its place. Ninety7 expects to start shipping both models in October. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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