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Amazon Echo Look Launches Amid Controversy - Star Cloud Services

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It turns out the smart mirror in the smart home is actually a smart camera, what a surprise! With talks of Snap Inc. becoming a "camera company" and Facebook resounding in its ability to replicate the trends as usual, it's a bit ironic that Alexa now is not just a "smart speaker", but can literally live inside your camera. That's the beauty of the evolution of computer vision and machine learning. Since Amazon's native image recognition technology, "Reokognition", can do facial analysis, it's a shoe-in that sentiment analytics can be easily integrated into how Amazon can potentially live in your closet.


Home robot to nudge older people to stay social and active

New Scientist

A ROBOT companion for older people aims to promote activity and tackle loneliness by nudging them to take part in digital and physical activities. A prototype of the ElliQ robot, made by Israel-based start-up Intuition Robotics, will be unveiled at the Design Museum in London this week. ElliQ is a small desktop device that consists of a stylised domed "body" and a separate detachable screen. Created in collaboration with Swiss designer Yves Béhar, the robot is able to tilt and turn to indicate what it is doing and encourage a degree of social engagement. Similar to home assistants like the Amazon Echo, people can simply talk to it, and there are visual cues that could be particularly helpful for those with hearing difficulties.


Welsh blogger asks her Amazon Echo to pronounce Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Daily Mail

A Welsh blogger asked her Amazon Echo to pronounce the longest place name in Europe - prompting the gadget to come back with an incomprehensible reply. Ms Angharad, who writes about food, said to the Echo: 'Alexa, what's the longest place name in Europe?' Llio Angharad asked the Echo to pronounce all 58 letters of the town's name. It replied correctly, noting that the town near Anglesey in north Wales had the'longest town name anywhere'. However, the pronunciation was described as'diabolical' by a Welsh speaker on Twitter. The place name is translated, roughly, into English as: St Mary's Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel Near to the Rapid Whirlpool of Llantysilio of the Red Cave.


VR, AI and voice: Behind the hype at CES 2017 - Digiday

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Some come to CES for the self-driving cars and smart sprinkler systems; media companies and advertisers are in Las Vegas to talk voice and artificial intelligence. And pour some cold water on virtual reality. Thanks to products like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, it's impossible to escape the growing hype behind voice technology and artificial intelligence from both publishers and advertisers alike. Turner Sports, for instance, has launched Catch Sports, a "digital personal assistant" available on smartphones and the Amazon Echo that tells you where you can watch or listen to a game as well as the latest scores. Publicis Groupe, meanwhile, went even further by having a robot give a full powerpoint presentation -- a "proof of concept" to demonstrate how voice and AI will impact everything from medicine to day-to-day tasks at ad agencies.


How voice technology is transforming computing

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ANY sufficiently advanced technology, noted Arthur C. Clarke, a British science-fiction writer, is indistinguishable from magic. The fast-emerging technology of voice computing proves his point. Using it is just like casting a spell: say a few words into the air, and a nearby device can grant your wish. The Amazon Echo, a voice-driven cylindrical computer that sits on a table top and answers to the name Alexa, can call up music tracks and radio stations, tell jokes, answer trivia questions and control smart appliances; even before Christmas it was already resident in about 4% of American households. Voice assistants are proliferating in smartphones, too: Apple's Siri handles over 2bn commands a week, and 20% of Google searches on Android-powered handsets in America are input by voice.


10 of the Coolest Gadgets From CES 2017

TIME

Wallpaper-thin TVs, drones that can dive underwater, and a computer the size of a credit card. Those are only a few of the gadgets that have been unveiled this week at the annual CES gadget expo in Las Vegas, where companies in the tech, automotive, and home appliance industries flaunt their latest innovations. Many high-profile tech companies, like Apple and Google, typically hold their own separate events throughout the year to unveil new products rather than debuting new wares at CES. Still, the annual convention, now in its 50th year, often provides a look at the next big trends in tech. The biggest themes at CES this year include self-driving cars, home robots, and tons of integrations with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.


6-Year-Old Buys Dollhouse, 4 Pounds Of Cookies With Amazon Echo

Huffington Post

According to CBS 11 Dallas, Megan Neitzel's 6-year-old daughter, Brooke, accidentally ordered more than $160 of goodies through the device. Neitzel discovered what happened after receiving an email from Amazon that her order had shipped, though she herself hadn't placed an order. The mom then looked at the transcript between her family and the Echo's artificial intelligence assistant known as Alexa and later learned her daughter had talked to Alexa about a dollhouse and cookies.


Top 10 Amazon Books in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, 2016 Edition

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The recent explosion of interest in data science, data mining, and related disciplines has been mirrored by an explosion in book titles on these same topics. One of the best ways to decide which books could be useful for your career is to look at which books others are reading. This post details the 10 most popular titles in Amazon's Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Books category as of Nov 24, 2016, skipping over repeated titles as well as titles which have been obviously miscategorized and are of no use to our readers. Note: KDnuggets gets absolutely no royalties from Amazon - this list is presented only to help our readers evaluate interesting books. "Written by three experts in the field, Deep Learning is the only comprehensive book on the subject."


Gadget makers offer voice controls through Amazon's Alexa

Daily Mail

Amazon doesn't have an official presence at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas but its Alexa voice control software seems to be everywhere. From trash cans you can tell to reorder food to cars you can talk to, the smart assistant seems destined to appear everywhere. Dozens of firms revealed they are adding Alexa capabilities to their gadget, as amazon itself revealed the smart speaker now has over 7,000 'skills'. Amazon also today added a new one - the ability to order takeaway food. LG revealed its new Asmart fridge will use Amazon's Alexa, and is one of dozens of firms that has added the smart tech as the CES show in Las Vegas Prime members can ask Alexa to reorder from Amazon Restaurants by saying a restaurant name or cuisine type, for example, 'Alexa, order sushi from Amazon Restaurants.'


Amazon Echo will bring artificial intelligence into our lives much sooner than expected 7wData

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What's all the fuss about the voice-activated home speaker that Amazon is due to release in the UK and Germany in late September? This gadget has been available in the US for over a year and has proven a minor hit, with sales estimates between 1.6m and 3m. But these figures belie the potential impact this kind of artificial intelligence device could have on our lives in the near future. Echo doesn't just let you switch on your music by voice command. It's the first of what will be several types of smart home appliances that work beyond simple tasks like playing music or turning on a light.