Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Alexa is everywhere, even the microwave

Alexa is everywhere, even the microwave

You will also be able to give voice commands to Alexa, as you drive along, for making calls, setting calendar entries, making reminders, do voice- based shopping on Amazon, check the latest news or find a nearby point of interest.

It's all we've been hearing about this week, with Amazon unleashing an army of new devices at its big Seattle event. The company was expected to unveil Portal earlier this year, but various controversies led executives to temporarily table it. With Amazon sub you get 100W of bass through its 6-inch woofer, and you can pair it with an Echo or two to create a 2.1 stereo system.

Amazon also launched new features for the company's personal assistant, Alexa. The New Echo Show will be available in the USA starting October 11 for $229.99. For the kitchen, a new Echo Show, the speaker with a video screen, is the product I expect Amazon to push most heavily for the fall. Another bundle features the Echo Sub with two new Echo Plus devices for £239.97. Not just kids, either: millennials and baby boomers apparently too spur their parents to buy smart home tech, reports Digital Trends.

There are several new devices, as well as a new microwave that can be accessed by voice.

But when asked to add 30 seconds, Alexa paused and then started to play songs by the band "Thirty Seconds to Mars".

A new study commissioned by the Home Depot has found that having a kid will influence your smart home purchase decisions.


Incoming Alexa expansion devices include the Echo Input (pictured above), a £35 add-on which brings Alexa functionality to existing speakers - basically a speaker-less Echo Dot.

A clock and microwave that connect to Echo speakers, an eight-microphone dongle for the vehicle to bring and record your Alexa commands as you drive, a new security camera that listens to sounds outside the home to better alert you. The 3rd gen Echo Dot has a new, larger speaker, and a new fabric cover. Both devices let you search for shows, or even delete your scheduled recordings, using just your voice with Alexa.

Matt Weinberger/Business InsiderFacebook's Portal device will reportedly look like Amazon's Echo Show, pictured here. As a result, the e-commerce giant is launching a live recording Fire TV Recast.

Currently, the Alexa assistant is not available in cars through a dedicated device. To know what is happening with other smart devices in a home, the Echo speaker needs to be connected to them. The gadget lets users access Alexa inside their vehicle.

Echo Auto has a built-in 8-microphone stack designed for in-car acoustics, Echo Auto can hear you over music, A/C, and road noise.

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