The Wall Street Journal has reported that, “according to people familiar with the matter”, that Amazon is likely to reveal a new Echo device featuring a touchscreen and phone capabilities, in the next few days.
The new Echo will apparently allow users to use a 7-inch touchscreen that will display answers to verbal questions and also a allow internet-based telephone calls and video-conferencing.
The development seems like a logical next step in the Echo development. Just recently Amazon launched the Echo Look that incorporates a webcam to help buyers shop, especially for fashion goods. We wrote about that here: Amazon Alexa Echo Look: “Does my bum look big in this?
Internet phone calls and video conferencing also seem a natural development for the device. But most interestingly, perhaps, is how this takes Amazon ahead of Google, and the Home device, in the development of these household devices.
This is emerging technology and I know many of you, like I am, will be sceptical about the application of these lifestyle devices. And whilst it’s clear that Amazon is stealing a lead here with the development and deployment of their version, it’s interesting to see this unfold. Have you got one in your home? How do you use it?