Thursday, 12 January 2017

CES 2017’s breakout star: Amazon’s Alexa.

Walk the crowded show floors of CES 2017, which wraps on Sunday, and you’ll quickly discover the breakout winner of this year’s consumer tech convention: Amazon’s personal assistant, Alexa.

There were Alexa-compatible air purifiers, self-driving cars, even refrigerators. Huaweiunveiled its Mate 9 smartphone, which it says is the first to come with Alexa pre-installed. Hyundai is integrating Alexa into its self-driving car, the Ioniq, so drivers can turn on their car with a voice command. 

Mattel introduced Aristotle, a voice-activated baby monitor that answers both parents’ and kids’ questions. And Whirlpool (WHR) announced many of its smart appliances will respond to Alexa commands starting in “early 2017.”

Which means if you’re absolutely hellbent on using Alexa to manage most of your home, you’ll be able to do it within the next 12 months. That’s astonishing for a piece of tech Amazon (AMZN) released to the masses just over two years ago.

Full story at Yahoo News.

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