Amazon introduces the Echo speaker, along with the Alexa voice assistant—a new way to control the smart home.Apple had introduced Siri, its own voice assistant, four years prior—but Siri lived on your phone, while Alexa lived inside the speaker and could control all of the “smart” devices in your house.
Amazon has afforded a few opportunities in the past few weeks to nab its own devices at steep discounts, and—good news fellow last-minute deal seeker—there are still some surprisingly good deals going on.
Video: The University of Electro-Communications; The University of Michigan When they used a 60 milliwatt laser to "speak" commands to 16 different smart speakers, smartphones, and other voice activated devices, they found that almost all of the smart speakers registered the commands from 164 feet away, the maximum distance they tested.
The palm-sized gadget is on sale for just $1 if you let Amazon also sign you up for Music Unlimited, which costs $8 per month.Amazon Music Unlimited lets the Echo Dot play virtually any song, like a Spotify or Pandora subscription—two services that are also compatible with Alexa.
Amazon’s annual hardware event on Wednesday was not unlike its product announcements from years prior: The company unveiled a dizzying number of new Echo speakers, showed off how it's improving Alexa through sophisticated speech technology, and even revealed a couple of skunkworks projects—smart glasses and a smart ring—at the very end of its presentation.
Amazon’s Echo Buds are the first native hands-free Alexa headphones—an important distinction, because there are already headphones on the market with Alexa inside.Echo Frames are Amazon’s new Alexa-enabled smart glasses that let you talk to Alexa without having to whip out your phone.
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Amazon Has Great Deals on Its Tablets and Echo Speakers Now. Here on the WIRED Gear team, one of the questions that we field the most often is: Which smart speaker should I choose?
How Amazon Taught the Echo Auto to Hear You in a Noisy Car “We thought the kitchen was the most challenging acoustic environment,” says Amazon’s head of Echo products.
If music and audio quality are your jam, the Sonos One is still the speaker to own, but the Echo Plus isn't bad, especially if you pair it with an Echo Sub ($130).It’s also the best version to buy if you own smart home devices, thanks to its Zigbee support.
In this case, that means making one of the most popular music platforms in the US available on the most popular voice-activated speaker.“They’ve had an on again off again tussle over things like whether Kindle readers can read Kindle books on the iPad, and then years later it was whether you could buy Apple TV devices on Amazon,” says James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research.