Apple unveiled “HomePod” speaker at WWDC on Monday as it moved to challenge Amazon Echo and Google Home as a smart home and music hub. Powered by the Siri digital assistant, it’s designed to work with the Apple Music subscription service and can produce rich sound while tapping into the artificial intelligence power of Siri. The device is also a potent assistant for news, messages, weather, traffic, home controls and more. Continue reading for another hands-on video and more information.

“Automatic room-sensing technology allows HomePod to quickly learn its position in a space. within seconds the device is optimized to deliver an immersive music listening experience wherever it is placed. Doubling as a home assistant, it also allows users to send messages, get news and weather updates, and control smart home devices. HomePod can provide remote access and home automation through the ‘Home’ app on the iPhone or iPad,” reports Design Boom