In a bizarre twist that few saw coming, news has started to filter through that Microsoft and Amazon are allowing their digital assistant’s, Cortana and Alexa, to work together in a limited capacity (at first). While this news may strike you as a little strange, in a world where most tech companies are holding on to their own particular sets of skills like a mother clutching her newborn child, it does actually make sense, at least for Microsoft and Amazon anyway.
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Amazon have been doing rather well in the home hub department of late. The original Echo was a blockbuster hit, as was it’s smaller sibling, the Echo Dot. The recent release of the Echo look (a smart camera that gives you fashion advice) is yet to prove it’s worth in the market, but from what we have seen so far, it will probably carve out a niche for itself to some degree
With the huge success of the Amazon Echo, and Amazon Dot devices, it was only a matter of time before the online retail giant looked to capitalize on even more customer-centric data, and the brand new Echo Look seems to be just such a device. While it is not available to everyone, Amazon have started taking requests for the device, which they are currently pricing at $200.
Amazon continues to become more influential in the smart home industry by partnering with Crestron. Users of Amazon Alexa devices, such as the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap will be able to control their Crestron home automation system via voice control.
Users of the iHome SmartPlug and the August Home Door Locks can now easily control their smart home devices with their voice with the help of Amazon Alexa voice integration.