Friday, 19 July, 2019

Amazon Working on Premium Echo Speaker, Rolling Alexa Robot

Amazon Working on High-End Echo to Compete With Apple HomePod Are You Ready For an Alexa Robot to Follow You Around?
Sandy Mccarthy | 13 July, 2019, 09:26

The reports suggest prototypes for the next-gen Amazon Echo already exist, and are said to be wider than the current model due to the inclusion of at least four tweeters. Gurman sources were individuals that "mentioned secrecy to talk about an inward issue". According to Bloomberg, it was supposed to launch this year, but it wasn't ready for mass production. At MIT Technology Review's EmTech Digital AI conference in San Francisco, Rohit Prasad, Amazon's lead scientist and a key member of the Alexa division, said the assistant would prove more useful with cameras and a robot body.

Both devices are being developed by Amazon Lab126, a research and development arm based in Sunnyvale, California. This hardware is expected to create a market for Amazon thus enabling customers to buy Prime Video or Prime Music.

The Echo, which went on sale in 2015, will get 63% of the US market this year, as per EMarketer.

Audiophiles might take pause when considering Echo speakers as a streaming solution, and instead consider Google and Apple and Sonos. Google now has 31% of the market, while the rest have a combined 12%. Although the HomePod hasn't been quite as strong of a competitor as Apple hoped it would be, Amazon undoubtedly wants to reclaim any lost market share. In fact, it would appear most users who buy an Amazon Echo don't care about audio quality at all, as the company's most popular smart speaker is the Echo Dot.

China imports from U.S. plunge in June amid tariff war
China's trade with the United States plunged last month as a tariff war battered exporters on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. That left China with a trade surplus of $50.98bn last month, compared with a $41.66bn surplus in May.

Temi is a waist-high robot which uses Alexa for voice commands. The Echo range will also receive minor updates this fall, people familiar with the plans said. Vesta was initially reported on by Bloomberg a year ago. That sort of familiarity, plus Amazon's deep pockets, gives it a leg up over the independent home robot ventures that have thus far failed to gain significant traction with consumers.

Firstly, what exactly would an Alexa robot do?

The arrangement for Vesta was obviously to discharge it this year; however it's not yet very prepared for large scale manufacturing, as indicated by Bloomberg's sources.

Individuals acquainted with the task portray prototypes that explore with the assistance of a variety of PC vision cameras. It can be summoned by voice, though to what goal remains to be seen.

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