Tuesday, 9 May 2017
Amazon Echo Show smart speaker with touchscreen and video calling announced
Amazon has unveiled its latest Echo device called Echo Show with a 7-inch touch screen display and built-in Alexa.
The Echo Show brings Alexa's capabilities of the regular voice-only Echo speaker, but now the voice assistant can show you things visually through the display like weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, reminders and more. The screen can also be used to play videos including news briefings from CNN and contents from YouTube, Allrecipes and Amazon Video.
The screen can also show your images stored on Prime Photos, and on-screen lyrics when playing songs from Amazon Music. You can also connect the Echo Show to WiFi enabled camera, and ask Alexa to show you the front door or monitor the baby's room.
The device has 5MP camera on the front that can be used to make hands-free video calls to family and friends through Alexa app. There's also an feature called Drop In, which lets designated friends and family, who also have Echo Show, make call at any time. The receiver has a 10-second window to reject a Drop In call or switch it to audio only. Amazon says this features can be used in special cases like "you can drop in to let the family know it’s time for dinner, see the baby’s nursery, or check in with a close relative."
It has eight-microphones, beam-foaming technology and noise cancellation, so that the device can hear your voice from any direction. The audio is powered by Dolby to deliver crisp vocals with dynamic bass response and expansive sound. It can stream music Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and more or connect to a Bluetooth device to play music.
When you want to use Echo Show, say the word "Alexa" and it will respond instantly. If you want to limit your interaction with Alexa, simply turn the mic/camera button off.
The Amazon Echo Show is priced at $299.99 and is available for pre-order in the USA in Black and White hues. Shipping begins June 28.
Source | Via