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Amazon is apparently planning to create new Alexa-powered devices, including a microwave, an in-the-car-gadget”, and a range of hi-fi equipment before the end of 2018.
According to a report by CNBC, there will be eight new voice-controlled devices for the end of the year with all of them with Amazon Alexa in a certain form, which means that they can connect with other Alexa-enabled speakers or Amazon Prime services
As well as a microwave and the in-car gadget, the new product line-up is thought to the recording of an amplifier, receiver and subwoofer. These inclusions are most likely, with Amazon looking to compete against the Sonos wireless speaker line-up (which already have a wireless amplifier for the connection of wired speakers) and the Siri-enabled Apple HomePod.
We should expect Amazon to try to get more devices smart? Other tech companies such as LG and Samsung, are taking steps in the direction of a
kitchen, but so far the results have been mixed. Rumors of new products such as these indicate that Amazon is looking for a greater foothold in the
bulb, possibly spinning out of the Alexa brand in a range of devices.
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An in-car device would certainly not be new. Garmin already partnered with Amazon to Alexa-enabled in-car speaker called the Garmin Speak, complete with a small OLED display for driving instructions. There are also products such as the
Viva of Anchor, an Alexa-device that is connected to the 12-volt socket and plays music through the car’s Bluetooth speaker system.
Each of these new products can provide new sources of revenue for Amazon. Also combats the limitations that are inherent to each smart speaker setup in that you eventually run out of room for new speakers in.
Just like the Sonos collaboration with IKEA, the more places Amazon can the Alexa AI, the better it is for the company. And with more products in the Amazon ecosystem, the more likely it is that people sign up with Amazon Prime, also. Of course, there are rumors that Amazon is also building robots for the home.
This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.