Amazon Unveils the 'Echo Show' - Coming in June

Amazon Echo Show On the tail of yesterday's report, today brought forth Amazon's unveiling of their new Echo product, the Echo Show.  Indeed, the Echo show is a smart home speaker system that gives the consumer everything in the usual Echo speaker, but now includes a 7 inch touch screen.

Users will also be able to watch video flash briefings, YouTube, get a visual of music lyrics, check security cameras, swipe through your photos, get a check on the latest weather, edit your to-do and shopping lists, in addition to a host of other features.  Thanks to far-field voice recognition, eight microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation, users can be heard from anywhere in the room, in addition to being heard over any loud music that might be coming from the speaker itself.

In addition to a new video chat experience, that allows users to be able to make hands free calls to contacts who also have an Echo Show, or the Alexa App, there is a new feature called "Drop In."  This lets users quickly contact or send messages to other Echo Show users, for quick tasks, like letting them know its time for breakfast, or check in on their little one's nursery/bedroom.

Of course, what would a smart speaker be, without smart home features?  The device will connect to products like Hue and Wink, as well as get visuals on your kitchen timers, and the latest news.

For news and information you can see and hear, just ask Alexa for your video flash briefing from CNN. Curious about the latest movie trailers or a need a how-to video from YouTube? Just ask.

Echo Show helps keep you organized at home. Start a timer in the kitchen and watch as it counts down, or easily see and manage your family’s calendar. Sign in to the Alexa App to take your to-do and shopping lists with you. Just add an item to the list from home, and whoever is out shopping will see it added instantly on their Alexa App.

If you are interested, the Amazon Echo Show is now available to pre-order in black and white for $229.99.  It is expected to start shipping on June 28.  As a special offer celebrating the device's launch, those who purchase two Echo Show devices at once can save $100 off of the order.

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