Echo Show – the Video Echo – Now on (pre) Sale

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Last month we told you about the privacy nightmare that is Amazon’s new Echo Look. At the time we knew that it had a built-in video camera (hence the privacy nightmare). Now the Echo Look has gone on sale – no, wait! No, they’ve added a video screen! Now it’s the Echo Show that’s on sale (well, pre-sale on Amazon, it actually ships June 28th).

Said Amazon, in an email blast earlier today:

“Introducing the All-New Echo Show


 

Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, and more. All hands-free – just ask.

Echo show is available starting today for pre-order. Be closer with your friends and family more often. Place two Echo Shows in your cart and receive $100 off your order with code (deleted).”

According to Amazon’s Echo Look page, which just went live today, Echo Show features include:


 
  • Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, and more. All hands-free—just ask.
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  • Introducing a new way to be together. Make hands-free video calls to friends and family who have an Echo Show or the Alexa App, and make voice calls to anyone who has an Echo or Echo Dot.
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  • See lyrics on-screen with Amazon Music. Just ask to play a song, artist or genre, and stream over Wi-Fi. Also, stream music on Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more.
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  • Powerful, room-filling speakers with Dolby processing for crisp vocals and extended bass response
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  • Ask Alexa to show you the front door or monitor the baby’s room with compatible cameras from Ring and Arlo. Turn on lights, control thermostats and more with WeMo, Philips Hue, ecobee, and other compatible smart home devices.
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  • With eight microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo Show hears you from any direction – even while music is playing
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  • Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Jeopardy!, Allrecipes, CNN, and more

Let’s look at some of these ‘features’ a little more closely, shall we?

“Introducing a new way to be together. Make hands-free video calls to friends and family who have an Echo Show or the Alexa App, and make voice calls to anyone who has an Echo or Echo Dot.”

So, Amazon has sneakily decided to move into the video calling space, directly taking on Apple’s Facetime.

And, let’s not forget about the fact that your Echo (anything) can hear and record everything that you are saying. But hey, that’s a “feature”, not a bug.

And, this allows Amazon to pitch that you should buy two Amazon Echo Shows, one for yourself, and one for the person with whom you want to video chat.

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See lyrics on-screen with Amazon Music. Just ask to play a song, artist or genre, and stream over Wi-Fi. Also, stream music on Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more.

Ok, we have to admit that this is pretty cool.

With eight microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo Show hears you from any direction – even while music is playing

Does this even need any elaboration?

Echo Show has new and improved eavesdropping. It hears you wherever you are, whatever you are saying.

All that said, while forewarned is forearmed, we know that many of you are going to want to at least check it out, so you can check out Amazon’s video Echo, the Echo Show, here.

 

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