Amazon Alexa

SNL’s Amazon Echo Silver responds to almost any name

SNL’s Amazon Echo Silver responds to almost any name

Let's admit it. Today's fancy gadgets and technologies are really designed for younger, more agile consumers. While market dynamics and profits do demand that, it doesn't have to be that way. Good technology is inclusive technology. Take for example the new Amazon Silver Echo, as seen on Saturday Night Live and only on Saturday Night Live. It's a super limited and nonexistent version designed with well-aged users in mind, responding to almost any name even loosely sounding like "Alexa".

Continue Reading

Why did Amazon Echo Show just cannibalize this major Alexa advocate?

Why did Amazon Echo Show just cannibalize this major Alexa advocate?

There's a product out there with nearly the same capabilities and general aim as Amazon's Echo Show. That's the Echo Show, the product that Amazon announced this week. The Echo Show, you see, is a touchscreen display with a user-facing camera, a mic, and a speaker. The product known as The Nucleus is a touchscreen display with a user-facing camera, a mic, and a speaker - and the differences are few.

Continue Reading

Amazon Echo calling and messaging takes on Skype

Amazon Echo calling and messaging takes on Skype

Amazon's Echo Show may be the retail behemoth's biggest news today, but it's also going after Skype and other internet calling services with a new Alexa feature. Debuting on the Echo Show, the new Alexa Calling and Messaging service will actually be available across all of the Echo devices, though not all will support the same features. At its core, though, the new service will turn your Echo gadgets into a hands-free calling system.

Continue Reading

Amazon Echo Show gives Alexa a screen and free video calls

Amazon Echo Show gives Alexa a screen and free video calls

The new Amazon Echo Show, the latest way for Jeff Bezos & Co. to sneak Alexa into your home, has been officially revealed, complete with both voice and touch. The first Echo device to include a display, the Echo Show has a 7-inch touchscreen and a 5-megapixel camera for video calls. There's also a total of eight microphones packed into its fairly blocky housing.

Continue Reading

Conexant aims to expand Alexa integration with new 4-mic dev kit

Conexant aims to expand Alexa integration with new 4-mic dev kit

Amazon Alexa has already found a lot of support from large companies through Alexa skills and integration, but today, Conextant is introducing a new development kit that could help more Alexa-enabled devices make it to the prototype stage of development. Though Amazon already offers a development kit for businesses wanting to create Alexa devices, Conexant is looking to bring costs down by offering a less expensive alternative.

Continue Reading

Amazon’s Echo with a screen tipped for May reveal

Amazon’s Echo with a screen tipped for May reveal

Amazon may have split opinion this week with Echo Look, which encourages Alexa to watch you getting dressed, but it seems it's not letting that slow the roll-out of new smart assistants. Echo Look is the fourth product on Amazon's virtual shelves to use Alexa, following the original Echo smart speaker, the Tap portable Bluetooth version, and the compact and more affordable Echo Dot. As soon as next month, though, we could see a fifth addition to the line-up.

Continue Reading

Amazon’s Echo Look gives Alexa fashion-judging eyes

Amazon’s Echo Look gives Alexa fashion-judging eyes

Amazon is catching us by surprise today by launching a new Echo model. Say hello to Echo Look, a new device that comes with all the same functionality of a standard Echo but packs in a camera. The camera has a somewhat specific purpose, as Amazon envisions it as a way for you to make sure your fashion game is on point.

Continue Reading

Your Mercedes now takes orders from Alexa and Google Home

Your Mercedes now takes orders from Alexa and Google Home

If the smart home is so darn smart, why shouldn't the garage be too? Mercedes-Benz is expanding its cars' support for the popular virtual assistants, with select models now taking instructions from both Amazon's Alexa and Google Home. Although we're still some way from being able to ask an Echo to have your S-Class dispatched to your front door, the functionality could still be a time-saver in the morning.

Continue Reading

Amazon Lex opens Alexa AI’s bot smarts to everyone

Amazon Lex opens Alexa AI’s bot smarts to everyone

Amazon is unlocking Alexa's secrets to developers, launching Amazon Lex, its tech that enables conversational interfaces that make using gadgets and services feel more natural. Previously in closed preview, Amazon Lex is part of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and can be embedded into a third-party project as a fully-managed service. While it's probably best known for powering the spoken conversations people have with Alexa on the Echo and Echo Dot, Lex also works with text chats.

Continue Reading

Onvocal OV wireless headset with Alexa and smart audio control now available

Onvocal OV wireless headset with Alexa and smart audio control now available

Onvocal's OV wireless headset unveiled back in December is now available to purchase, the company has announced. Unlike similar earbuds and headsets, the OV brings Alexa directly to the user, enabling them to ask Amazon's personal assistant for help in various tasks. According to Onvocal, these are the first-ever 'smart headphones' featuring Intelligent Sound Control, enabling the user to control chat, ambient, and voice directly.

Continue Reading

Alexa tipped to come to smart thermostat ecobee4

Alexa tipped to come to smart thermostat ecobee4

It was only a matter of time before Amazon found its way in to a smart thermostat with Alexa. The time is now, and the product is branded by ecobee. A set of product marketing materials has turned up with both a microphone and Amazon's blue light bar - which indicates the presence of Alexa in all her voice assistant glory. This new version of the ecobee thermostat seems to have a redesigned set of industrial design outer bits, too.

Continue Reading

Amazon Echo 7-Mic dev kit coming for 3rd-party manufacturers

Amazon Echo 7-Mic dev kit coming for 3rd-party manufacturers

Developers of apps and awesome next-level software will find that Amazon's Echo technology (the microphone bit) is now available for use. This technology was previously a closely-held secret made by Amazon to make the most of their Amazon Echo hardware and Alexa. With this release, developers and OEMs will be able to get their hands on the "Amazon Alexa 7-Mic Far-Field Development Kit".

Continue Reading

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17