Is there an Echo in here?
Alexa, set a reminder to Do Not Read Until Monday.
Is there an Echo in here?
Amazon primed to expand hardware sales with strong voice assistance
Alexa has done some heavy lifting for Amazon, taking what was once a niche technology to near ubiquity. Now, Amazon’s looking to push the voice assistant further with a whole new array of connected devices. Here’s what we’re looking at at at:
- Echo Show. A whole new edition!
- Echo Dot. It’s now got a clock!
- Echo Glow. It’s a nightlight!
- Echo Earbuds. They’re exactly what you think they are!
- Echo Studio. The HomePod but with a real voice assistant!
- Echo Loop. Alexa puts a ring on it!
- Echo Sole. Now you talk to your shoes!
OK, I made that last one up. One of the most interesting new Alexa-enabled devices is Amazon’s foray into glasses territory, Echo Frames. They include microphones to enable the voice assistant, though they do not seem to have AR capabilities. Should they see uptake by customers, certainly teams will be toiling away at this functionality.
With all these new devices, Amazon sought to make smart home setup simpler with “Certified for Humans” connectivity. It also wants to keep farther-flung devices connected via Amazon Sidewalk, a WiFi signal booster.
Yes, there is: Facebook teases new Oculus gear, AR initiatives
Though it’s no longer Facebook’s only hardware division, Oculus provides Facebook’s tech nerd-muscle, and this week unveiled two new prototypes.
At the same time, the company announced an initiative to map … well, reality itself. This would be in order for its gestating AR glasses to better navigate … um, real reality.
Then, at the same time as that, it’s also creating an expansive VR space called Horizon. This virtual reality environment would allow users to play games and hang out in … fake reality? I’m so confused.
Facebook will also soon be able to read brainwaves. Cool.
Odds + The End
- Facebook said catch ya later to like counts, starting in Australia.
- It’s also still Number 1! …In disinformation. And it won’t fact-check politicians or block their hate speech.
- RIP Group Stories.
- Twitter enabled easier toggling between lists – just swipe away.
- Tough week for TikTok as it emerged it has blocked content critical of the Chinese government, as well as LGBTQ content.
- Vox bought New York Magazine.
- Are these the best memes of the decade ? Are we really at the point of end-of-decade lists? 😭
- Snapchat’s becoming more of a factor for video ad budgets, possibly based on the success of …shows about Tekashi 6ix9ine and Bhad Bhabie?
- C’mon guys, I literally face-palmed while writing that.
- Snap also may be handing over evidence of Facebook’s anti-competitive practices to FTC.
- Twitch got a makeover.
- Who’s going dark now? Instagram and Gmail.
- The owner of Tinder, OKCupid and Hinge has been sued for fraud. Can we get ‘em for psychological damages next?
- Apple TV+films will debut in theatres.
- iOS now supports PlayStation and Xbox controllers, helpful for Apple Arcade.
- And the next iPhone might look like iPhone 4? Yessssss.
- Spotify debuted playlists highlighting user obsessions past and present, and will finally, finally work with Siri.
- Meanwhile Google bundled up tighter with YouTube Music, preinstalling it for users.
- Google debuted a subscription model for Android apps and games.
- YouTube did a U-turn on its verification crackdown.
- Slack may be making us less productive. :parrot:
- Untitled Goose Game spread its wings.
- September 27, 2019