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Amazon Working on Premium Echo Speaker, Rolling Alexa Robot

Amazon Working on Premium Echo Speaker, Rolling Alexa Robot Amazon Working on Premium Echo Speaker, Rolling Alexa Robot
Cecil Davis | 17 July, 2019, 11:28

Could that monstrosity (reportedly made by his children) have been the inspiration for an Alexa-powered home robot? Bloomberg reports that while the robot isn't ready for mass production, Amazon recently brought in engineers from other projects to work on it, suggesting a push for commercialization.

"Prototypes of the cylindrical speaker are wider than the current Echo to squeeze in additional components including at least four tweeters", reported Bloomberg.

Amazon's Echo first went on sale in 2015 and has been a market leader ever since. Bloomberg also notes there's a chance Amazon doesn't move forward with the launch of the new speaker.

"People familiar with the project" tell Gurman the prototypes are approximately waist-high, and navigate the home with the aid of an array of computer-vision cameras.

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Amazon previously has worked on improving the Echo's sound by offering a separate subwoofer and a device that connects the speakers to a stereo.

A hint about an Amazon robot came a few months ago. Amazon could still decide not to proceed with the new high-end Echo.

The revamped Echo Dot has a new look, with rounded edges, and packs more punch, with a 1.6-inch driver delivering 70-per cent-louder audio than the previous model.

Echo devices control roughly two-thirds of the smart speaker this year, per eMarketer, but competitors like Google Home Max, Sonos One and Apple HomePod are chipping away at that lead, primarily due to superior audio quality.