Amazon, which first created the market for voice-activated domestic devices that is increasingly crowded, is now aiming to push it forward with a recent product.
The online retailer officially announced its recent Amazon Echo present on Tuesday, which is similar to the original Echo, apart from it’s squared and has a touch screen and camera. The touchscreen on the present will allows users to examine up information approximately their search queries, see full weather reports, play videos from YouTube and Amazon Video, watch news briefings, and earn video calls.
The present will also support Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa, which means that users can control other internet-connected devices in their domestic, like lights and cameras, and access Amazon’s other services. However, the most provocative feature the present has is “Drop In,” which allows designated friends and family to earn a call (video and audio) at any time — it’s very “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century.”
Amazon’s voice-activated products occupy raised privacy and security concerns in the past, though Amazon has resisted turning over data to police, and there’s no doubt that the present will continue the trend — particularly since it now comes with both a camera and a microphone. Photos of the present had been leaked earlier this week, but Amazon didn’t confirm the products existence until Tuesday morning when it started selling it online for $229.99, which is a objective bit more expensive now than the original Echo ($149.99). The present will eventually start shipping on June 28.
Amazon’s recent voice-control speaker was announced just a day after Harman Kardon’s Invoke speaker was released, which is powered by Microsoft’s Cortana AI voice assistant. Invoke was released to bewitch on the Amazon Echo, but given Amazon’s success and wide range of services, Harman might not be much of a competition. Amazon is currently dominating the nascent market for voice-controlled speakers, according to research firm eMarketer.