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Amazon unveils $120 Fire TV Cube with Alexa

Amazon launches Echo Look in U.S., could popularize computer vision via Alexa

The Amazon Echo Look is a Alexa powered virtual assistant device with a top notch camera on it It can allow you to take pictures by using your Phone or your voice.

With eight microphones and the advanced beamforming technology pioneered in Echo devices, use your voice to check the weather, listen to the news, control compatible smart home devices, and more-even with the TV off. You could say, "Alexa, turn on The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu", and the Cube will power on the TV, connect up to the streaming service, and start playing the show from where you left off.

In the box, it comes with power and ethernet adapters, an Alexa Voice Remote, and the aforementioned IR extender. A whopping eight microphones enable Alexa to hear you "from across the room", while beamforming capabilities will make sure ambient noise, "reverberation, content now playing, and even competing speech" are suppressed for ideal voice command clarity. Now, the two products are converging in a way they haven't before, in the form of the Amazon Fire TV Cube.

"We believe voice makes it easier for customers to control their entertainment systems", the company said in a press release. "And, it's just the beginning".

Apart from all the benefits of a universal remote, Fire TV Cube combines Fire Stick and Amazon Echo into a single device. So let's dive in to see some more details on the newly announced set-top box from Amazon.

The Amazon Echo and Alexa voice assistant is continuing its global roll-out, with the smart speaker available in France from next week.

As we mentioned above, there's no word yet on a United Kingdom release, but with a U.S. release planned for June 21st at a price of $120, we'd be surprised if the device didn't cross the Atlantic sooner or later. If you are a Prime customer though, it will be available for $89.99 though, for the pre-orders that go out today and tomorrow.

Prenner says to stay tuned on those fronts.

Still, the Fire TV Cube's remote-killing capabilities will have some limitations, at least for now.

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