Amazon devices chief Dave Limp plowed through 70 new products or features in about as many minutes during a product launch presentation Thursday, focused on broadening the territory available to the company’s Alexa voice software. Here are five standouts making their way into Amazon’s growing range of gadgets and software: Echo Auto Amazon had already been working to get Alexa into new car models, striking deals with the likes of Toyota, BMW and Ford. But that leaves hundreds of millions of existing vehicles without the ability to communicate with Alexa. So Amazon is taking a stab at extending Alexa’s reach with Echo Auto, an 8-microphone, dashboard-mounted array that connects to a car speaker system through a headphone jack or Bluetooth. The device, available to customers by invitation only in its early stages, will be launched at a date to be announced, for $50. Alexa Guard Among the range of new features added to Alexa is one designed to turn the Echo’s microphones into a rudimentary home security system. Say “Alexa, I’m leaving,” and the software listens for sounds like shattering glass or smoke alarms, and can send you a notification if it detects something might be wrong. “We did break a lot… Read full this story
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