It’s been around barely two years but your current Amazon Echo is being updated. Welcome the ‘Echo Show’. The what now? Yes, Echo now comes with a screen and is being released in the US in June.
It could be argued that this is just a fancy tablet, and that if the Echo is meant to be voice controlled, why would one need a screen? A screen would simply add more functionality. Think of all the cat photos you can look at while never having to type a single keystroke! Of course, there are more sensible options, weather, time, videos and the like.
Personally, I like the idea. I have three Echos in the house already, but one with a screen would be useful, especially in the kitchen which is usually the ‘hub’ of any house. Yes, I have an iPad that I bring into the kitchen for recipes or watching the news while I cook but I like the idea of a screen on a wall that’s voice activated.
There’s still room for improvement – at the moment, the Echo is still a one user device – it won’t work with multiple calendars for example but the good thing is the Echo has always been open for expansion and improvement. Skills can be written and added just like your apps on a smart phone or tablet. I’m looking forward to its release and seeing where Amazon take this device next! Wired’s article on the Echo Show is worth a read.