Alexa is everywhere, even the microwave

22 Setiembre, 2018, 16:45 | Author: Misty Newman
  • Pocket-Lint says it discovered this image of the new Amazon “Echo Sub” on the e-commerce giant’s UK site

The product pages, which were spotted by Pocket-Lint before Amazon took them down (via Engadget), seem to show details of the Echo Sub subwoofer and the Amazon Smart Plug. Now, the American Internet giant, Amazon has launched a new set of devices from Echo series for India.

Microsoft called this the next step in the collaboration between the two companies, which included the original partnership, as well as the first implementations of the Cortana skill on Alexa devices, and the ability to use Alexa on Windows in August.

In reference to the latter question, the microwave provides an opportunity for Amazon to try out a new developer's toolkit and to do what the online retailer does best - sell you stuff.

In response, Alexa will deliver the answer accompanies with the the most up to date imagery captured by Getty Images' own content creators. It can also integrate with Ring and ADT alarm systems, according to Amazon.

Like the original Amazon Echo, the Echo Auto will be available on an invite-only basis starting in the United States and sold for a discount price - just $24.99 (roughly £19, AU$34).

Global spending on smarthome devices such as speakers, thermostats and lights will hit $96 billion this year thanks to new gadgets from companies like Amazon, Alphabet Inc.'s Google, ADT Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., and falling prices, according to Strategy Analytics.

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Echo Wall Clock tells time and can help visualize timers. There's no speaker here, so the Echo Input is just 12.5mm tall. For those lucky enough to live in a highly connected IoT household, you could say "Alexa, it's bedtime" and then the lights will be dimmed, the Echo's volume will be lowered, and the device will begin playing music to sleep to.

Amazon has also updated their Echo Plus smart speaker with a new model that includes an upgraded speaker and new design.

Echo Input will be coming later this year and will be available in Black and White for £34.99. At $34.99, it's the cheapest way to add Alexa to an existing audio setup. With Echo Auto ($25 if you're invited, $50 next year if not) you've got it.

The Echo Link and Link Amp are for more serious listening.

We'll let you know if and when that happens though, so keep checking here. It can record up to four shows and stream to multiple Fire TVs at once.

Other rumoured products include the aforementioned microwave and some sort of in-car gadget (probably for the cigarette lighter) to rival Google's Android Auto which launched Assistant integration in the United Kingdom this week.



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