Amazon unveils a range of new Alexa devices


Microsoft is also planning to release its Alexa Cortana integration on mobile devices.

Amazon is also going out to the garage with the Echo Auto, a $50 device that will bring Alexa capabilities to cars, accessing vehicle speaker systems via bluetooth and using the driver's smartphone to connect to the cloud. The only thing you need is to make sure that the antenna has a good reception and the paired Echo device is present near it. The online retailer and technology company announced Thursday its Echo Auto, which brings Alexa and its voice controls to the vehicle. It will tell news to display recipes, play music and watch videos.

Portal will feature a privacy shutter that can cover the device's wide-angle video camera. The AmazonBasics Microwave costs $59.99 (about £45) and comes with quick-cook voice presets, allowing you to verbally command it to cook for you.

Second-gen Echo Plus: The device is meant to be the centrepiece of one's smart home experience. Available in Black or White, the Echo Input costs $34.99/£34.99 and should be available to order later this year. This will allow parents to choose timers, music and customised messages during bedtime or before school. It also up a new signature Amazon fabric finish and is shipping next month for the same price as the original, US$50.

Amazon shows off microwave, clock, smart plug-in linked by their cloud-based voice service Alexa

Amazon has been moving fast in the race against digital assistants fielded by powerhouse rivals Google and Apple to become the preferred way people interact by voice with artificial intelligence.

A future update to Alexa will let you take to Alexa by whispering. You'll also be able to see who is at your door and talk with them by saying, "Alexa talk to the back-door camera". When you're leaving the office, use Drop In to connect with compatible Echo devices at home to check in with the family, or send them a quick Announcement that you're picking up dinner.

Alexa Clock: This puts Alexa on user's wall, so to say, which makes it one place less that Alexa is yet to have its presence in. "Do you want me to turn it off?"

If Alexa Guard hears something suspicious, it will notify you via phone notification. It will also listen for your home alarms, like carbon monoxide alarms and security systems. It is not clear when the oven will be sold to Indian buyers, but in the U.S., it will sell at $59.99 and may ship close to the Christmas shopping season.

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