Even though it has been rumored many times during the past couple of weeks, Amazon surprised everyone by unveiling an addition to its Echo line of products. The new Echo Show offers more than just voice assistance to its users, it also shows them the information they have asked from the digital assistant.
The Echo Show is nothing but a Dolby-enhanced speaker with a touch-enabled display. Instead of reading out the answers to common queries, it can now display the answers on the in-built screen.
The touch display is a 7-inch LCD panel that shows information ranging from weather report, to song lyrics. The Echo Show also has an in-built front facing camera that enables users to make video calls to other Echo Show users for free. The new digital assistant also includes a “Drop in” feature that enables one Echo Show user to connect to another Show device without the other person having to accept the call. According to Amazon, this feature works best as a replacement for a baby monitor or checking on elderly relatives.
In addition to making calls, the new virtual assistant can also make calls to other Echo devices that do not have an in-built screen. Furthermore, users of the Echo App on iOS and Android can also receive calls from the Echo Show.
Apart from doing web searches and making call, the Show is also good for controlling Wi-Fi connected devices. Just like the standard Echo, the Show can also control devices like the Phillips Hue lights, Ecobee thermostats, and more.
The Amazon Echo Show is now available on pre-order for $230. The device will ship to customers starting June 28. For the price, buyers will get the 7-inch display with a front-facing camera, eight beam-forming microphones, and a special speaker with crisp vocal and dynamic bass response. For more tech updates, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.