Amazon wants you to hang Echo on your wall in the future

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in General Discussion edited September 25
Your wall could be the next battleground for smart speakers, with Amazon reportedly working on a wall-mountable Echo with a screen, alongside other new Alexa-based devices.




Amazon is holding a launch event on September 28, which is almost certain to introduce new Echo hardware. In a report about Amazon's Lab126 division, it seems that the online retailer is working on alternatives to its existing Echo device range.

An echo with a 15-inch display may be on the way, according to internal documents seen by Bloomberg, one that could be placed on a wall or stood on a surface using a stand. Intended as a smart home control panel for device control, the codenamed "Hoya" device will also apparently provide data on calendar appointments and package delivery notifications.

To go with the large screen, Amazon is also planning to allow the device to use video streaming apps, as well as a kitchen-focused service range. This allegedly includes viewing recipes on the screen or watching cooking videos.

Amazon does already have its Echo Show line of devices with built-in screens, but none of the models are capable of being mounted on a wall.

Its main Echo speaker line won't see many major revisions in 2021, the report claims, with major updates expected to occur in 2022.

On top of the existing Halo fitness tracker, Amazon is apparently looking into variants intended for children and senior citizens, incorporating fall detection and activity monitoring. However, this is apparently still in its early stages of development.

Health-related services and sensors are being planned for incorporation into other more typical smart speaker offerings. The use of ultrasound sensors will apparently be used to track temperature, sleep, snoring, and breathing quality, though development is apparently quite challenging for the team.

Amazon is also looking into creating its own soundbars for TVs, one that could potentially incorporate Alexa with a front-facing camera for video calls.

The retailer is also working closer with car producers like Ford to shift into automotive applications, such as embedding Alexa into vehicles without requiring a paired smartphone.

Amazon already offers an Echo Auto device for use in vehicles, but a second-generation version is in the works, complete with a new design and inductive charging of user devices.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,557member
    And with a wide angle camera no doubt.
    jahbladebaconstangwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 6
    DAalsethDAalseth Posts: 1,771member
    Let me put it this way: 
    williamlondonjahbladebaconstangwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 6
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,405member
    The proverbial 'fly on the wall.'
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 6
    Hang it on the wall. Not everybody lives in a house. In fact most people live in apartments. And the noise from the echo will go right through the wall into your neighbor's apt. Real smart, Amazon. Real smart. It's bad enough with wall mounted TVs... now an echo.

    "Is that an Echo I hear, dear?"

    "Probably the neighbors, honey. Try to ignore it."
    muthuk_vanalingamwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 6
    The wall inside my closet would be perfect!  
    Totally dark and the clothes muffle sounds.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 6
    oldcastle said:
    Hang it on the wall. Not everybody lives in a house. In fact most people live in apartments. And the noise from the echo will go right through the wall into your neighbor's apt. Real smart, Amazon. Real smart. It's bad enough with wall mounted TVs... now an echo.

    "Is that an Echo I hear, dear?"

    "Probably the neighbors, honey. Try to ignore it."
    Goes both ways. If you're on the wrong side of that wall, I'd recommend sending Alexa some commands, e.g. "order big butt plug, Alexa" or "order pizza for delivery next door".
    watto_cobra
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