Amazon and its Alexa digital assistant are coming to even more devices that find a place in your home. The Seattle-based e-commerce giant is reportedly planning to launch at least eight new products as part of a major revamp of its Alexa product lineup. CNBC got hold of an internal document which revealed that Amazon is planning eight new Alexa-enabled devices, which could launch at a rumored Amazon hardware event this month.
Ahead of the official announcement, Pocket-lint has spotted listings for two such products: Echo Sub wireless subwoofer and Smart Plug. The listings since pulled down show how Amazon plans to venture into new product categories and thus put Alexa at every corner of your living room. The listing reveals that Echo Sub is a wireless subwoofer which can adds 100W of bass to an existing Echo or Echo Plus setup.
If the Sub is connected to two Echo-branded speakers, then customers will be able to enjoy stereo pairing. It reportedly costs £75 (about Rs 7,100) and the listing shows it will ship on October 11. The price does suggest that we are looking at a rather inexpensive audio system that would make your experience listening to certain kind of audio richer and much, much better.
The Smart Plug, on the other hand, is aimed to add Alexa voice control to any device without need for a smart hub ecosystem. With Smart Plug, users will be able to turn off a light or power up an appliance using voice without having to upgrade the device. The Smart Plug, like the Sub, is also listed by Amazon for £75 (about Rs 7,100), which makes us skeptical about the product since it costs a lot more than smart plugs available in the market.
The Smart Plug is also listed to be available for purchase on October 11. It is not clear whether it will serve any purpose other than adding Alexa to your existing device. There is a possibility that developers at Amazon are working with a placeholder price and will refresh with final price at the time of launch.
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With its Echo range, Amazon has made the concept of smart speakers mainstream and is also the leader in the segment. However, it is facing competition from brands like Google and Apple in the smart speaker segment and it only makes sense for the company to explore new avenues for Alexa. But, it is not immediately clear whether putting Alexa into microwave and subwoofer will change the experience in any major way.