Do you know that Amazon is reportedly working on an Alexa-powered soundbar and wall-mounted Echo? Do you know what’s next for Amazon’s family of Alexa-powered devices? A little bit of everything, according to a new report from Bloomberg News.
It has a great overview of products the company is reportedly working on. The e-commerce giant has never been afraid of throwing products at the wall to see what sticks and its plans certainly seem to follow this ideology. Indeed, they even include a new big-screen Echo device that can be mounted on walls.
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Amazon is reportedly working on an Alexa-powered soundbar and wall-mounted Echo
Amazon can expand its lineup of smart-screen Echo Show devices. The company is planning an Alexa-controlled Echo with a roughly 15-inch display. It can be mounted on a wall and also placed on a stand. It could serve as a control panel for smart home devices.
It can also be placed in the kitchen to show recipes or other helpful information. The company is also planning a soundbar for TVs that are equipped with a front-facing camera. It could allow users to make video calls from their TVs, Bloomberg reported.
What does Amazon have in Hopper?
Here is what Amazon has in hopper:
Following the launch of the display-equipped Echo Show line, Amazon is supersizing the screen with a “roughly 15-inch display.” The device is designed to be either mounted on the wall or placed on a stand and would serve all the usual Echo functions, as well as acting as a control panel for smart home devices. It’s also reportedly going to be kitchen-friendly for watching recipes or Netflix while you cook.
Amazon has reportedly been working on an Alexa-equipped soundbar with an integrated camera, designed to make video calls easier in the home, as with Facebook’s Portal devices.
Second Generation Echo Auto
Not many details here, but Bloomberg says an updated Echo Auto “will have a new design and may be able to charge a user’s device with inductive technology.” We were not fans of the original Echo Auto, which was a better Bluetooth adapter and speakerphone than it was an actual navigation tool.
Echo Robot Woes
Bloomberg was first to report that Amazon was working on a mobile Echo device with a display that is supposed to follow users around the home. But it seems the product’s future is in jeopardy. The robot has drawn concerns over its viability from staff. A report earlier this year from Insider noted similar issues.
Karaoke with Alexa
I’m including this one, but it, unfortunately, seems like it’s not a goer. “The company has explored building an Alexa-powered karaoke microphone codenamed Jackson and planned to release the device this year. But the team working on that product has been disbanded.