Amazon to launch 'Kiwi' echo speakers

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Yet, Cortana, Siri and Google's unnamed Assistant have already made their launch in Australia.

Amazon may only recently have launched (properly) into Australia, but that's not all, with the company quietly announcing overnight that it's bringing the Echo family of smart devices to Australia from. well. today. The Echo Plan is the cheapest one, offering access to the service via a single Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Plus speaker for AUD $4.99. Further discounts are available on multi-packs. Instead, its main selling point is its ability to connect to the Zigbee frequency, which allows it to act as a smart home hub. For a limited time, the Plus also includes a free Philips Hue globe.

Telstra have announced their Smart Home devices such as motion sensors, cameras and lightbulbs can be controlled through an Echo devices.

Amazon states that Alexa will deliver an "all-new experience" Australian consumers, alongside a new "Alexa Australia and New Zealand edition", with local knowledge, and skills built by Australian developers. Alexa detects the wake word "Alexa", and begins processing the voice request which follows.

Amazon's Alexa will be customised for Australia - with Alexa sporting her very own Aussie accent, so Australians have a new mate to catch up on the latest in news and entertainment with, or to get some help around the house.

Of course it begs a bigger question, which is how comfortable do you feel having a always-listening device in your bedroom.

Amazon's Alexa powered range of devices have been incredibly popular in a number of countries like the USA, the United Kingdom and Europe, it will be interesting to see if the devices are also popular in Australia and New Zealand.

"Amazon Alexa provides the magic of hands-free voice control to let customers to do more in life while being helpful, useful and entertaining, and now ordering Domino's is one of those things". In order to cancel out extraneous noises, the Amazon Echo takes advantage of the beamforming technology, which merges the audio signals gathered from the speaker's seven microphones. The signals from the individual microphones are used to suppress noise, reverberation, the music now playing and even competing speech to make sure Alexa clearly hears your request, even in a noisy room. The Amazon Echo is also equipped with a dedicated tweeter and a 2.5-inch down-facing woofer.

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