Amazon gives voice-enabled speaker a screen, video calling

According to Amazon's Echo Show product page, the $230 United States dollars device features all of the hands-free voice-activated features of Alexa, as well as a 7-inch touchscreen that displays photos, YouTube videos, weather forecasts, music lyrics and more. As had been previously tipped, the device forgoes the cylindrical form factor of its predecessor and instead is an intercom-like gadget featuring a touchscreen display.

Echo Look users can also upload photos of themselves in different outfits to the device's smartphone companion app, which will suggest the best clothes to wear or buy. The all new Echo Show, which is powered by Amazon's cloud-based voice service Alexa, will soon get optimised visual interfaces as the company is going to add new functionalities to the Alexa Skills Kit. Using this in the kitchen would be incredible, for the reasons we've already mentioned. Amazon says this would be used in a small number of cases, such as when checking in on an elderly relative.

With the Alexa App, conversations and contacts go where you go. It can also show you photo or video footage from connected cameras around your home. The other person can call you (or you can call them) from the Amazon Alexa app on their phone.

The device has compatibility with smart home products such as Ring and Arlo, so you can ask Alexa to show you the baby's room or your front door.

Amazon and Google will get a new competition from Microsoft company.

Drop In, meanwhile, is a way to connect instantly with the recipient of the call. Alexa will understand the customer's speech, convert it to the directive, and show the video from the requested camera. The Show, however, now comes with a touchscreen. It sounds like you won't need to call someone else, but can simply access the camera on another Echo Show. If you want, you can opt to not allow anyone to. Users will be able to ask Alexa to pull up products from the amazon online shop and answers from the net.


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