Adding Video to Echo, Amazon Plays Show and Tell

Posted May 15, 2017

Above you'll see the launch video for Amazon Echo Show as published this week. The feature is touted as an easy way for Echo owners to make calls hands-free through the voice-controlled device. It has the same exact features as any other tablet and even has the same functionalities.

The new Echo Show goes on sale on June 28 for $230, making it the priciest Echo yet.

We as people need to realize the risk to our privacy also.

Similar to everything in the Alexa lineup, the Echo Show can be made smarter by adding in one of the thousands of skills available through the Alexa app.

Apple has thus far stayed out the space; Phil Schiller recently said any Echo-like device probably needed a touch screen, so we'll have to see if Cupertino decides to give the Echo Show a run for its money.

The new device may help Amazon expand and improve the Echo's capabilities in areas including video chats and online shopping.

VoiceLabs, which provides voice analytics for Alexa and Google Assistant, has released its Sponsored Messages.

While there are many companies out there right now fighting for the lead spot in this industry, there is one company that continues to improve its technology and quickly produce new products.

Two weeks ago, Amazon unveiled the Echo Look, a device focused on offering fashion advice.

Amazon Echo Show in May 2017.

Martin Utreras, vice president of forecasting at business digital data miner eMarketer, said that Alexa-powered Echo devices already corner 70% of the market compared to Google's Home, which controls 23.8%. With this feature, you will be able to connect with other Echo Show users even when the person on the other side is not accepting the call. Similarly, instead of "Alexa, call Mom for Mother's Day", you can ask Alexa to video call Mom for Mother's Day. Also, the person at the end of the line can hear you say "Alexa hang up", which is sort of awkward. The research firm eMarketer expects usage of such speakers to more than double this year, with almost 36 million Americans using such a device at least once a month by year's end. For the most part, I had trouble trusting the speaker's ability to correctly handle voice commands.

The Echo Show dominating Nucleus might create a chilling impact for companies looking to create products using the AI Alexa, as reported by CNET.