That's Right: Amazon Is Working on Domestic Robots

25 April, 2018, 19:08 | Author: Kristi Owen
  • Amazon is reportedly building a domestic robot

You can buy the Amazon Echo here, the Echo Dot here, the Echo Spot here, and the Echo Plus here. The ability to make hands-free video calls to any Echo Spot or Echo Show, making for a thoroughly modern way to say goodnight to your significant other. If you've got an Amazon Prime subscription, you'll enjoy discounted rates of $2.99 and $6.99 per month on top of Prime.

Parental Controls - Use the Parent Dashboard and Alexa app to choose which services and skills kids can use, turn off voice purchasing, and more.

Browse and shop on Amazon.in using just your voice: AmazonPrime members can shop on any Echo device using only their voice. It carries a price tag of Rs. 12,999 ($194) but is now available at an introductory price of Rs. 10,499 ($157). Other Indian-specific features such as ordering food from Zomato, booking an Ola cab etc. can be done through the Echo Spot.

Access to different Internet-based services via Alexa: Thousands of skills from Alexa India store are now available for the Echo Spot.


Amazon also has Echo Show speaker, a device seven-inch screen, in its product lineup.

The Echo is designed in such a way that it works even in noisy environments because of the integration of seven microphones with beam-forming technology alongside improved noise cancellation. A software rollout will also add this function to other Echo devices running Freetime in due course. Additionally, it can be connected to one's home entertainment system through Bluetooth or a 3.5mm stereo cable to voice activate your home entertainment system for multi-room music. Without the luxury of a leaked benchmark, I don't know anything about its technical specifications, but I have learned that it essentially combines the functionality of a Fire TV, an Echo Dot, and an IR emitter, like the Harmony Hub, into a single device. With voice assistants looking set to be a key element of future technology, we'd argue Amazon might as well make its tech safer and less frustrating for the next generation to experiment with.

The Amazon FreeTime initiative is even more exciting if you've been looking for parental controls for Alexa.

In other Amazon news, The Information reports that private equity firms and other investors are "circling" small businesses that successfully sell on Amazon's platform. Amazon will soon sell its Echo range of smart speakers offline as well.

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