Amazon Echo Show Reviews: New Alexa Speaker Benefits From Screen

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Amazon's Echo lineup of smart home speakers traditionally has looked the same as any traditional speaker, but its latest update significantly shakes up Amazon's popular product lineup. Around the web, reviewers have generally been fans of the new hybrid smart speaker though some are hesitant about its major features. You can also use the screen and camera to make video calls with other users or watch TV shows and other video content. The Amazon Echo Show retails for $229 and is available now.

When AI Becomes the New Face of Your Brand


We found that many of those firms are already using (or have been experimenting with) AI to orchestrate the brand experience across a number of business processes. In the same way that people can be delighted or angered by an interaction with a customer service representative, they can also form a lasting impression of a chatbot, physical robot, or other AI system. That may sound far-fetched, but the startup Koko, which sprung from the MIT Media Lab, has developed a machine learning system that can help chatbots like Siri and Alexa respond with sympathy and depth to people's questions. As AI systems increasingly become the anthropomorphic faces of many brands, those brands will evolve from one-way interactions (brand to consumer) to two-way relationships.



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Apple's Seattle job listings reveal desire to attract AI talent to work on Siri in the land of Amazon's Alexa


When Apple announced plans earlier this year to expand its engineering operation in Seattle, the company said it would be looking for "the best people who are excited about AI and machine learning." Job listings on the tech giant's website reveal just who Apple hopes to attract on its Siri Advanced Development team. You will be working in the Siri Advanced Development team, at Apple. Computer scientist Carlos Guestrin, who is Apple's director of machine learning, told GeekWire in February about the hopes and plans for Apple's team in Seattle, which was moving into two floors in Two Union Square.

Build a talking, face-recognizing doorbell for about $100


This tutorial will focus on the machine learning part--using Amazon's new Rekognition service to do face recognition on your guests, and send that to your Amazon Echo so you will always know who's at your door. Amazon's Rekognition service uses machine learning to find distances between points on a face, and then uses those points to match people in its index, so you can train the system with just one picture of a friend and it's likely to work well. We're going to have the Echo connect to an AWS Lambda service, which then talks to our Raspberry Pi through an SSH Tunnel. When you talk to Alexa, it actually parses your speech to find an intent, and runs a Lambda function, which calls an external server, which tunnels into your raspberry pi, which gets an image from its camera, which it uploads to S3, and then runs a deep learning inference algorithm on it to match it against your friend's face, and then sends the results back to your Pi, which then parses the results and sends them to your Echo, which then talks to you...but the whole thing happens amazingly fast!

Hey Alexa, can you order me some accessories?


Amazon's voice control system and at-home personal assistant has stolen our collective hearts, making the Echo family of products a must-have for any smart home. Connect to Alexa in order to lock your door from anywhere. Connect to Alexa and use voice command to control the lights in your home. Assign each outlet a name and control it with voice commands.

Don't miss this deal: The Amazon Echo is $50 off on Monday only


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Amazon Echo Show review: Showing (often) better than telling


And you might consider a second unit so that you can exploit Echo Show's video calling features. I was able to remotely peek at live video feeds of my living room on the Echo Show screen through a Nest Cam security camera skill that I enabled through the Alexa app--at least some of the time. Echo Show can play videos news feeds, as well, from the likes of Bloomberg, CNN, and Reuters and TechCrunch. Pro: The first Echo Show with a screen lets you watch videos, show pictures, follow song lyrics, make video calls and more.



It's the first time Alexa, the virtual assistant powering Amazon's Echo devices, doesn't depend solely on verbal input. I can't glance at my nightstand without Alexa feeding me news headlines, recommending music videos, or encouraging me to try its other features. As such, it's possible to place a video call, audio call, or send an audio message just by asking Alexa. Amazon is positioning the Show as more than just a Skype machine by making it compatible with smart home products like baby monitors and security cameras.

Amazon Echo Show review: Seeing is believing


Given that the Echo Show can play back video from YouTube and Amazon, a panel that hits 720p would have been nice, but I didn't spend any time really thinking that the screen wasn't up to par. I set up my location (for weather alerts), Google Calendar, my Todoist account and a few music services (including Spotify and Amazon Music) in the Alexa app and then I could easily access my personal info. You can ask Alexa to show you top playlists on Spotify or the top songs on Amazon Music and a grid pops up on the display. As you'd expect, you can just say "show me videos on Amazon Prime" or "play clips from YouTube" and things just start right up.