Poort Technologies Integrates HomePod with the iPad as a Formidable Smart Home “Battery”

(Vancouver, July 14, 2017)

Poort Technologies has released an 9.7″ iPad enclosure that promises to marry Apple’s forthcoming HomePod smart speaker with hundreds of millions of legacy iPads, a tandem sure to cause concern among home automation competitors. A Poort enclosure mounts an iPad above a counter top, addressable by HomePod speakers within range.

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At its manufacturing release this month, Poort CEO Dwight Jones asked in a press conference if an iPad Poort partnered with the HomePod didn’t form a more congruent partnership than any of the growing number of smart home contenders.

“Both of the Amazon and Google speaker devices are designed to monetize their respective ecosystems, as much as automate the home.” he stated. “As an example – the Google Home could be a decent little speaker for your iTunes, but it has no Bluetooth – you’re patently a consumer in their walled garden. So I certainly welcome the HomePod as a future partner for millions of legacy iPad Poorts. They will form a best-of-breed team – whether for broad versatility, their app portfolio or great audio engineering. It’s time for the smart home conveners to invite iPads to the wedding – the Lost Legion of home automation is coming to the party.”

Jones continued with his assessment: “Consider an older iPad Air mounted with a $70 Poort kit over your kitchen counter. Just say “Hey Siri, open YouTube, chicken recipes” and there they are – with video instructions for each dish. What can Google Home offer you – a voice synopsis? The same can be said of the limited functions of the Echo Show – to a designer these approaches are atavistic and contrived. Why add half-blind crippleware to a workplace? Poorts do not claim counter space, do hide the cables, are always charged and pack an unbeatable app punch with that iPad aboard. They’re even portable. A HomePod complemented by an iPad appliance – like a baseball battery – will establish the dominant backbone kitchen automation has sought for decades.”

But Jones isn’t closing the door on Android in favor of Apple – the Poort 9.7 kit also fits the flagship Samsung S3 9.7″ tablets. “Android brings multitasking and voice messaging. Being able to call or message a home instead of a personal cellphone – hello? Once you view an iPad Pro or Samsung S3 Poort in action as a family or workplace instrument– no junior assistants need apply.”

The new 9.7″ Poorts were announced at the recent BC Tech Summit in Vancouver and are distributed via Amazon.

Poort Technologies Inc. is a Canadian manufacturer of tablet enclosures. Press contact:  (604) 836-7300 charles.mcglade@poortals.com