Published: Sat, January 07, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

Ford puts Amazon in the passenger seat


According to Neitzel's Amazon app, which logs her kids' conversations with the gadget, Brooke asked "Alexa", "Can you play dollhouse with me and get me a dollhouse?"

Ford and Amazon team up to offer consumers the ability to access their auto from home, and call up other features from their vehicle via Alexa - Amazon's cloud-based voice service.

Of course some people have already rigged an Amazon Echo home unit to control their vehicle already, just much less streamlined. While the Smart Assistant uses Alexa, it will apparently work across Lenovo's ecosystem of products, too. The upper part has been created to give the right feels of levitation, what we normally refer to as "hover in the air" action.

Similar to Apple's Siri, Alexa is a voice-activated personal assistant available on the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot Bluetooth speakers.

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Ford also announced that AT&T will be powering its embedded 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, which supports up to 10 simulatenously connected devices, though details on pricing and availability weren't provided. The company is yet to confirm how much this smart connected refrigerator costs and when it will be available for purchase. It is priced at $129.99. The device offers some of the best features of both the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Whirlpool is connecting smart appliances to Echo. Now the integration between Ford and Amazon is official and will be rolling out in the weeks to come, the companies announced at CES today.

Lenovo also unveiled its Smart Storage that provides a storage of up to 6TB capacity.

The release of Lenovo's Smart Assistant speaker will mark a continued expansion of voice-powered devices since tech giant Amazon launched the Echo in the U.S.in late 2014. Lenovo Smart Assistant has eight 360-degree far-field microphones that can pick up users' voice commands from up to 16 feet (5 meters) away.

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