Built with privacy as a chief priority, the Essential Home Smart Assistant is a cloud-connected, but not cloud-focused helper. It runs Ambient OS, a new operating system that runs its AI engine locally to keep from having everything you say blasted over the 'net. Its creators promise that it will automatically find and configure other smart devices around your home, like lamps and speakers, and can even learn your routines, notifying you when you need to leave the house for a meeting or when you've forgotten to turn off a light. A built-in circular display shows you relevant information and provides a physical interface, with clean, well-designed graphics. Other details are scarce, but more should be announced in the coming months.