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Samuel L. Jackson’s voice is coming to Amazon’s Alexa – and yes there’s an ‘explicit’ option

Last year, Amazon opted to debut its kit for third-party manufacturers to integrate Alexa control into their devices by upgrading its best-selling microwave.

And as is always the case with Amazon, the price is incredible: the Echo Frames are only $170, at least in this early invite-only period. Almost six years after Google introduced its ill-fated Google Glass smart glasses, Amazon is hoping for success with a similar product that's a bit simpler - there's no camera or display - and looks a lot more like, well, glasses. And the Echo Show family is getting an 8-inch version that sits between the affordable and not particularly loud Echo Show 5 and the pricey and booming 10-inch Echo Show.

Echo owners - and Echo Dot owners in particular - were coming up with some fascinating (and occasionally complex) mounting systems so that they could put their smart speaker somewhere other than a table or kitchen counter.

For audiophiles, Amazon is launching a high-end Echo speaker. The smart speaker supports Dolby Atmos and has the ability to connect to 4K Fire TV devices.

The new products include an improved Echo, with an updated fabric design (in Twilight Blue, Charcoal, Heather Grey, and Sandstone colors) and superior sound, but the same $99.99 price tag; and a new $59.99 Echo Dot with a built in clock that can show the outdoor temperature and alarms, as well as the time.

Alexa already has tight integration with connected lighting and smart bulbs, but the Echo Glow is a little different.

You wouldn't know it, though, by listening to Amazon officials describe the slew of products it rolled out on Wednesday at its autumn 2019 devices event. You can also upgrade it to a nightlight or motion sensor for an extra charge.

Dave Limp of Amazon devices and services announces that actor Samuel L. Jackson will be the first celebrity voice for Alexa.

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But now let's talk about the weird stuff. They do not include a visual display, distinguishing them from Google Glass, which is marketed toward enterprise customers.

Along with beefing up the Echo and Ring lines, Amazon introduced earbuds it touted as providing the first wearable, hands-free Alexa experience on the go.

Bilingual users will also have an easier time using the virtual assistant, as Alexa will be offering a new multilingual mode, according to The Verge.

Given that the Echo Buds are completely wireless, decent battery life is critical.

It works just like you'd guess: you can press a button, make voice queries, and then hear them back.

Unlike Snap's Spectacles, the Echo Frames do not have cameras to take photos or record videos. While it's technically still a microwave, this is a more substantial home appliance with more traditional oven features like air frying and convection cooking.

In practice: "Hey [Device], scan to cook" and hold the barcode up for a frozen dinner.

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