Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Amazon Echo Show

Amazon (via Hacker News):

Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, and more. All hands-free—just ask.

Introducing a new way to be together. Make hands-free video calls to friends and family who have an Echo Show or the Alexa App, and make voice calls to anyone who has an Echo or Echo Dot.

Seems like a good idea, at a good price, although I agree that the design is not very attractive. Based on Phil Schiller’s comments, I assume that Apple is working on something similar, and that it will work with FaceTime, which is more convenient. It’s too bad that there are so many incompatible video calling platforms.

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Didn't Apple make FaceTime an open standard? Oh right ...

If Apple is working on something similar, won't they be skating to where the puck is now, rather than where it's going to be?

If Apple does launch a smart speaker/vidphone like Echo or Echo Show then that really will be a very loud, clanging alarm bell.

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