Amazon insists on putting Alexa where no one wants it

Amazon Launches API For Alexa Gadgets

Amazon held a surprise hardware event loaded with new product announcements which include a new Echo speaker, a new Echo Show and even an Echo Auto.

During the Amazon event in Seattle, the company announced two household items that you would never have thought needed the Alexa or Echo treatment - a microwave oven and a wall clock.

Out of all the Echo devices, some of them will come to India, while some will not. Preorders start today, and it ships in October. Here is a look at the new products Amazon announced today. According to David Limp, the senior vice president of Amazon Devices, the ubiquitous microwave was long overdue for an upgrade.

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"What this microwave does is keep track of how many times you cook popcorn and make sure you never run out", Amazon VP Daniel Rausch tells the Wall Street Journal. One, you can use it manually, like a normal microwave.

The Amazon Fire TV Recast is a box that will record live OTA TV and stream the recorded content anywhere.

Other products that Amazon launched today include the Echo Auto, which lets you easily integrate Alexa into your vehicle. How this experience will compare remains to be seen. These devices include a revamped Echo Dot that is created to be louder than its predecessor, a streaming audio adapter, a Alexa-controlled subwoofer, a receiver and an amplifier as well as a revamped version of its Echo Plus speaker. The Dot also houses four far-field microphones built-in to the device to pick up voice commands. It has a larger 3-inch Neodymium woofer and also features a slightly enhanced design.

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A range of companion devices were also unveiled, including the Echo Sub subwoofer, which helps boost the sound produced by connected Echo smart speakers. Obviously, the point is to provide better bass while listening to music and other audio. They cost $200, and $300, respectively.

The Echo Dot is the most popular Echo, and "the best selling speaker ever" according to Amazon. The Echo Input will launch soon. It will also integrate Skype capabilities for video calling.

Other products include; Echo show, Echo features for kids and new Alexa features. There's also a stand available which allows you to adjust viewing and camera angles for an additional $49. When IKEA launches its smart lighting, it will be Zigbee compatible, meaning the moment you plug it in, it should be picked up by the Amazon Echo Plus, ready to be used simply by talking to Alexa. The Echo Input allows you to turn any speaker into an Alexa-powered smart speaker.

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