A Chinese firm, Beijing LingLong, has unveiled the country’s first voice-activated smart home speaker – its answer to Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home.

The Ding Dong uses voice interaction to do tasks such as playing music and switching on home appliances. The device is said to understand Mandarin, Cantonese and basic English.  A study by Juniper Research suggests that China’s smart home market could be worth £18.3 bn by 2018.

Like Echo and Home, it can be used to control light switches, thermostats and home appliances, as well internet search, traffic and weather information, directions, online shopping, and music streaming,

So far though, it is the name of the product that has garnered more interest than the actual product itself!

www.bbc.co.uk/technews (24th November 2016)