Apple HomePod faces tough odds against Amazon Echo in connected home market

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Connected speakers are part of a broader white-hot market for connected home devices, which Amazon, and Google hope to control against rival devices planned by number of others like Apple and Microsoft. CIRP estimates that Amazon has sold 15 million Echos, accounting for 75% of the U.S. market, while Google has sold an estimated 5 million Homes, or 24%. While sales of 15 million Amazon Echo units is a big number, as of last year there were about 125 million U.S. households. The HomePod speaker will be heavier than Echo or Google Home, and Kevin Tofel, a gadget enthusiast and blogger, said that means it will offer much better sound.

Amazon wants to give Alexa a pair of smart glasses--Report

Boston Herald is developing its first wearable product--a pair of "smart glasses" that will allow you to use its digital assistant Alexa wherever you are, according to the Financial Times. The FT noted that Babak Parviz, the founder of Google's ill-fated smart glasses project, and other former Google Glass researchers now work at Amazon's labs. Read: Here's How You Can Buy Snapchat Spectacles Online As the FT points out, a wearable and always-on Alexa allows Amazon to make good one of its key shortcomings. While an iPhone user can call Siri or an Android phone users can summon Google's Assistant, the current Alexa app needs you to unlock the phone first.

Quantity Of 'Skills' Doesn't Mean Quality In Amazon Echo's Alexa


Amazon Echo's Alexa has helped people do all sorts of tasks. Although Alexa now has more than 15,000 so-called "skills," critics say that many of Amazon's skills are low-quality.

Amazon reportedly working on Alexa-enabled 'smart glasses'


While Amazon's popular Alexa Echo devices are arguably the king of digital assistants, it's easy to forget the the retailer had a string of failures before that, especially the Fire Phone. It could be controlled by Alexa-enabled Echo products, and show the video feed on Amazon's Echo Show screen (above). Adding merit to the FT report (which hasn't been confirmed by Amazon), Google Glass founder Babak Parviz, hired away by Amazon in 2014, has been reportedly heavily involved with the Alexa glasses project. The eyeglasses and security products are supposedly coming by the end of the year, presumably in time for Christmas.

Alexa controlled drone can fly around home for security

Daily Mail

The drone also works with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant to respond to voice-prompted commands, or can fly autonomously and detect anomalies and provide security alerts by recording a livestream of one's home. The camera-equipped drone drone, called Aire, has a jet propulsion system is hidden inside its body by a fabric exterior, making it quiet and safe for home use. The drone has a jet propulsion system is hidden inside its body by a fabric exterior, making it quiet and safe for home use. The drone works with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant to respond to voice-prompted commands, or can fly autonomously and detect anomalies and provide security alerts by providing a livestream of one's home Along with its cameras, the drone uses sonar and onboard sensors and complex algorithms to determine it's position, similar to the technology used in AR and VR headsets and what self-driving cars use to determine location.

Amazon tablet lets you access Alexa with just your voice

Daily Mail

Amazon has unveiled a new tablet, the Amazon fire HD 10, where users can summon virtual assistant Alexa with just their voice for the first time. The technology giant introduced Alexa to its other tablets and its Fire TV streaming devices earlier this year, the assistant having previously only been available through the Amazon Echo smart home speaker. The new Fire HD 10, the next-generation of Amazon's largest tablet, features a 10.1" widescreen 1080p Full HD display with over two million pixels. It features dual-band Wi-Fi, which means you can stream videos with double speed 802.11ac The hands-free version of the assistant has been included in the new Fire HD 10, Amazon's latest tablet, which will go on sale on October 11 for £150 ($150) The new Fire HD 10 also features a 10.1" widescreen 1080p Full HD display with over two million pixels with over two million pixels It also has front and rear-facing cameras for video chat with friends and family and real-world shots, as well as unlimited cloud storage for all photos taken.

Amazon's updated Fire HD 10 is a fast, powerful iPad competitor for $150


In the world of consumer-level 10-inch tablets, there are basically two to buy: At the high end, there's Apple's 9.7-inch iPad, and at the lower end, Amazon's Fire HD 10. Amazon's fresh 10-inch Fire HD tablet ($150 and up on Amazon) is a huge improvement over the prior generation in nearly every way. The Amazon Fire HD 10 comes in black, blue, and red. The Fire HD 10 tablets comes in black, blue, and red, and are already available for pre-order.

Facebook design head loud on voice, silent on Alexa and hardware


He cautioned it was still something that doesn't have the perfect product end point yet, but services like voice and voice search are promising. Voice navigation for Facebook is another thing he touched on, but for a particular group of users: the company has already built voice search and voice descriptors for people who have impaired vision, to be able to interact with the social network, and navigate to different features. The speaker, designed in the company's secretive Building 8 hardware lab, was supposedly getting made for a Q1 2018 launch. Earlier this month, Facebook code super sleuth Matt Navarra noted that Facebook's iOS app contained a large amount of code related to voice search.

Man beats Amazon Echo at number game

Daily Mail

The voice-activated machine responds and asks her opponent to define the terms of play. The odds seem to be heavily stacked against him as the device asks for her opponent's first guess But that's not quite high enough for this player, who replies: 'One million'. After settling on a number the machine asks for his first guess at its number. Rather than picking a whole number, he appears to guess '3.2' in an apparent trick that makes Alexa reveal the number she's picked Despite the odds of winning remaining apparently slim, the Amazon device admits defeat.

The future of news is humans talking to machines


This summer, as a Knight Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard, I've been looking at another technology I think could lead to a similar step change in how publishers relate to their audiences: AI-driven voice interfaces, such as Amazon's Alexa, Google's Home and Assistant, Microsoft's Cortana, and Apple's upcoming HomePod. The report gives some excellent insights into the broader AI landscape, including automation of content creation, data journalism through machine learning, robotic cameras, and media monitoring systems. Ha-Hoa Hamano, a senior product manager at NPR working on voice AI, described its hourly newscast as "the gateway to NPR's content." That's a broader lesson: "We have to think about what unique or exclusive information, content, or voice experience can The Washington Post specifically offer that the main Alexa interface can't."