Smart speakers have been around for a few years now, and we have to give Amazon credit for kind of kicking it off. While digital assistants aren’t new, Amazon made a very smart move early on by opening up Alexa to third-party developers, thus allowing them to flood the market with smart speakers.
Have you ever showered midway and realized that you needed to do something but are worried you might forget when you’re done? Not to worry because Kohler has unveiled the Kohler Moxie Showerhead which comes with a built-in speaker that also comes with Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa integrated into it.
When it comes to virtual assistants, depending on the phone and platform you use, you could be using any number of virtual assistants ranging from Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and so on. But if there was a “world’s biggest” title when it comes to digital assistants, would Siri necessarily be a name that comes to mind?
Amazon, Apple, Google, and Zigbee Alliance are teaming up to form a new working group that aims to develop an open standard for smart home devices.The new working group is also referred to as “Project Connected Home over IP“. You can also find a dedicated website for that.Basically, with this new working group, these tech giants are trying to develop a common connectivity standard which can be used for all […]
For those unfamiliar, back in 2018, Amazon acquired Ring. In case you did not know, Ring is a company that makes smart video doorbells, but the company has also since branched into creating security cameras. However, could the company be planning on expanding their portfolio with more smart home devices?
Amazon’s smallest Echo speaker is the Echo Dot. While it is tiny, the downside to the speaker is that it still requires users plug it into a wall outlet in order to keep it powered. This does reduce its portability a bit, but it seems that Amazon has decided to address that by launching a portable version of the Echo speaker powered by batteries.
There are certain illnesses that require a person to take medication on a scheduled and consistent basis. Failing to do so could result in rather severe consequences, but given that we are all busy with our own lives, we can be forgetful, but that’s something that Amazon is hoping to help with.
Software usually requires a certain level of hardware to run, and depending on the application, it could be run by just about any device, or only a device with enough power. This in turn creates limitations since not all devices are created equal, but this is something that Amazon is hoping to overcome as they are eyeing the possibility of bringing Alexa to low-powered devices.
If the idea of being able to stream your Spotify playlists through speakers like those made by Sonos, Bose, or any Alexa-powered speaker, you might not have been able to unless you’re a Spotify Premium user. However, the good news is that Spotify has since announced that they will now allow streaming for its free users as well.
With the rise in smart speakers which allows us to control our smart home objects using our voice, it’s not surprising that this would eventually be expanded where we can even make orders using our voice instead of having to go through an app. Recently, Walmart and Apple teamed up where users could place orders via Siri, and now it looks like 7-Eleven is launching a similar feature.
Smart assistants like Alexa or Google Home are always in the spotlight for being vulnerable to hacks/spies. And, it is quite shocking to know that it still isn’t a good option for privacy-concerned users.In a shocking report by SRLabs, it was found that Alexa and Google Home lets a malicious app to easily continue spying (or eavesdropping) even after you are done with the intended task.In other words, after you […]
When it comes to smart speakers, Amazon has mostly tried to target the mass market with devices like the Echo Dot and more recently, the Echo Flex, all of which are priced $50 and below. However, if a higher-end Echo speaker was something you were after, you are in luck as Amazon has officially announced the Echo Studio.
One of the cheapest Amazon Echo speakers available was the Echo Dot. We say “was” because during Amazon’s hardware event today, the company took the wraps off a new product called the Echo Flex, which is basically a plug-in smart speaker that lets you install Alexa in virtually every room.
Celebrity voice packs aren’t exactly new and we have seen several such examples in the past. However, for the most part, these voice packs are pretty static as they are based on pre-recorded lines. This means that they can only say what they have recorded, but Amazon is hoping to change that.