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Here’s what we want from the next Amazon Echo smart speaker

With Amazon’s annual fall event coming soon, rumors have been unleashed with what we can expect to see. While everyone has high hopes, I want to see some improvements to the Echo line of smart speakers.

There are three main inputs: the Echo Dot, Echo, and Echo Studio, all covering the price range. Only last year we saw redesigns of the flagship Echo and Echo Dot smart speakers, but the Echo Studio is now two generations old. While other variants such as the Echo Plus and Sub are unlikely to get the upgrade treatment, it’s still quite possible for Amazon to announce iterative upgrades and other variants. . There really is a lot to explore here, given the popularity of Amazon’s smart speakers.

Even though there is no mention of further iterations with the main inputs, I still hope there are several improvements to the next series of Echo smart speakers.

Bluetooth pairing

It’s already possible to play music through smart speakers and pair them with other speakers, but what I want to see is the ability to pair bluetooth headphones with them. You can stream from Amazon Music without disturbing anyone in the room and without using your phone.

The functionality would also not be very difficult to implement. Even the ability to add a small Bluetooth adapter would allow users to connect their favorite headphones to the Echo.

Amazon Echo Studio in a home theater.

Wi-Fi range extension

One way for Amazon to take the smart speaker to the next level (and potentially charge a higher price) is to allow it to function as a Wi-Fi range extender. There are examples of this already, but Upside down. Google Nest Wi-Fi is a mesh router, but its access points double as a smart speaker, providing the same functions as any smart speaker powered by Google Assistant.

If the upcoming Amazon Echo smart speaker also functioned as a range extender and created a mesh network, it would significantly expand its functionality. Multifunctional smart home devices are always a better option because they take up less space and require less outlet availability to accomplish more tasks.

Wireless charging

Another opportunity that Amazon could seize is to place a wireless charging port on the smart speaker. The Amazon Echo Studio is large enough that it is a feasible option, although it would require a slight design change. Interestingly, there are already smart speakers that have built-in wireless charging, like the Belkin SoundForm Elite, so this would be a workable addition.

Belkin SoundForm Elite Hi-Fi wireless charging.
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This would be especially useful for smart speakers in offices. You sit down to work and place your phone on the speakerphone. It can charge during the day and you can stream your favorite music from your phone or smart speaker.

911 functionality

One feature that smart speakers have long lacked is the ability to call 911. There are several legal reasons why (mainly that all devices capable of calling 911 must also collect your location), but this is is a feature that would make a perfect smart speaker for the elderly family members.

Alexa Guard Plus offers the ability to contact specific contacts in an emergency, but nothing beats the ability to go straight to the source. The few seconds or minutes that Alexa could save by calling 911 can make a huge difference in a medical emergency.

Integrated cameras

Some smart displays have built-in cameras that give them the ability to function as part of your security system while you are away, and smart speakers are on the way with Alexa Guard. It can listen to the sound of broken glass, audible alarms, etc.

If the next Amazon Echo smart speaker included a small camera built into its design, it could be the perfect home addition. Smart speakers are in almost every room. You would only need to turn it slightly so that it would point in the direction you want and you have an easy way to check your home while you are away.

Built-in batteries

Smart speakers have advanced to the point that they can be the primary audio source for large events. The Amazon Echo Studio, for example, produces clear audio quality. It is also capable of delivering significant bass. Thanks to its adaptability, it can adjust its sound output according to the shape of the room.

Imagine if a device like this had a built-in battery. The charge wouldn’t need to last all day, but if you could unplug it and take it with you to the backyard for a barbecue or barbecue. As long as your Wi-Fi also reaches the backyard, you can use the speakerphone just as you would at home.

Will Amazon actually show any of these changes in the next version of the Echo smart speaker? I can only cross my fingers. There’s no guarantee the company will even announce a new smart speaker, but it’s time for a mid-range model – and if it includes features like these, it might even be a better choice. than the Echo Studio.




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