Amazon adds Echo devices for home, vehicle

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Though we had to enjoy lots of Alexa-connected hardware, there's one more big development coming for Amazon's technology: integration with Skype. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos sees voice as the next interface linking people and machines, like a mouse on personal computers and touchscreens on smartphones.

Amazon also revealed a redesign of its hockey puck-shaped Echo Dot, saying that it is louder than the previous version.

The Echo sub is the first subwoofer from the firm that really delivers a great quality of sound to play your tunes on.

The takeaway: Putting Alexa in the vehicle is smart - really smart. Updates to the internet giant's Alexa-infused Echo smart speakers will allow them to tend to microwave cooking and even have "hunches" regarding what users may want or have forgotten. For example, when a user says goodnight to Alexa, it might respond by mentioning that the user has forgotten to lock a door.

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Speaking of orders, you can also use voice commands to purchase microwaveable snacks on Amazon. The new Echo Dot and Echo Plus are fairly obvious updates to existing products, but they brought with them a whole array of other hardware. Those with a dash-mounted smartphone can see the directions displayed as well as hear verbal directions, similar to Global Positioning System devices. Another bundle features the Echo Sub with two new Echo Plus devices for £239.97. About 40 percent of the spending will be in North America, Amazon's primary market. It is a very basic microwave oven that has buttons as convenient as "popcorn" that makes your popcorn just by pressing it.

At its event on Thursday, Amazon introduced 70 new things. Getting GPS directions and weather forecasts are among the most popular requests, according to a survey released Wednesday by AppDynamics.

Then there is the Amazon Echo Wall Clock. The source for the pricing details comes from Home Depot, a place where Google Home products are sold, and the source also confirms that the official listing for the Google Home Hub is already ready. The device offers two kinds of connectivities; Bluetooth and through a cable.

But Amazon is trying to shorten that gap. Facebook is said to have paired it with artificial intelligence software that can associate users with their Facebook accounts and, perhaps even notably, follow them from room to room.

At $24.99, Echo Auto is an easy and affordable way to add the power of Alexa to your vehicle or truck, according to Amazon.

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