Amazon Echo Auto Brings Alexa To Your Old Car For $50

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Amazon Echo event: Here's what to expect

Speaking at the company's event to unveil new smart home devices, senior vice president of devices and services Dave Limp outlined Amazon's plan to make Alexa more interactive.

Amazon just announced four new audio products meant to enhance the home listening experience of Echo and Alexa users.

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.

Dave Limp, Amazon's senior vice president of devices and services, says the company had to rethink its microphone array technology for the vehicle.

Both Echo Plus speakers also have a built-in Zigbee hub to easily setup and control compatible smart home products but only the new Echo Plus has a built-in temperature sensor. It will feature an improved speaker system alongside its 10-inch HD screen, which can be used to stream videos and make video calls.

A range of companion devices were also unveiled, including the Echo Sub subwoofer, which helps boost the sound produced by connected Echo smart speakers. The Echo Input comes packed with a microphone which connects a speaker to Alexa. So if you're leaving home you can have Alexa set off a number of things, like locking a door and playing your podcast. Besides the Echo products, Amazon also launched some more Alexa powered devices like Amazon Smart Plug, AmazonBasics Microwave, Fire TV Recast, Alexa Guard, and more.

With the Echo Sub, you can also use two of the same Echo devices to create a left/right stereo pair, something which you couldn't do before, although you could group them.

A redesigned Echo Dot led the parade of 14 voice-controlled devices that include a microwave oven, clock, amplifiers, and an in-car gadget.

You've got three colours to choose from: Charcoal, Heather Grey and Sandstone and like the other Echo speakers, it's been given that fabric-style design makeover. I didn't count them all but there were 11 new devices launched at the event starting with a new version of the Echo Dot and ending with the Echo auto for your vehicle. It's the cheapest in the line of Echo devices focused on Alexa and will be coming to India early next year.

I was also intrigued by a new feature called Alexa Hunches, which will offer you suggestions based on contextual clues. Within the small-but-growing market for smart speakers that cost more than $200, the HomePod holds 70 percent share.

A new Echo Show: Ooooh pretty.

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