Now you can talk to Alexa ANYWHERE: new $ 130 Amazon earbuds respond to voice commands for music playback, monitor the weather, and come with built-in Bose noise reduction
- With the very first wireless earbuds from Amazon, users can use Alexa on the go
- The Echo earbuds will be shipped later this year and cost $ 129.99
- Alexa is activated with voice commands to play music, view the weather, etc …
- Bose has also integrated a noise reduction algorithm to block external noise
- Fitness tracking is not part of the gadget despite previous reports
Amid a flood of new product releases on Wednesday, Amazon announced a business premiere: a set of voice-activated wireless earbuds.
The Echo earbuds, as Amazon calls the new device, will be released later this year from $ 129.99 and will act as a direct competitor to other popular products such as Apple & # 39; s AirPods that currently cost $ 160.
One of the most striking features is their integration with Alexa, Amazon's voice assistant.
This allows users to use their voices to perform various tasks. Essentially all you can do with Amazon's Echo Smart Speaker can be done with the earbuds, including playing music, checking the weather and more.
The next biggest selling point is undoubtedly the noise canceling function of the headphones that uses algorithms developed by Bose to block external noise.
To activate the function, the buttons can be double-taped and again to switch the function off.
This technology also helps the device to understand a user's command in the midst of ambient noise that can occur in the environment.
& # 39; Each earphone has two outdoor microphones and an indoor microphone that work together to reduce ambient noise so that Alexa can tell you if you are walking to class, during your lunch break or traveling home on the train, & # 39; the company said in a release.
& # 39; All you have to do is ask to hear your favorite playlist, find the nearest coffee shop, or order one. & # 39;
Amazon says the tops have a battery life of five hours and charge via a mini USB. That lifespan can be extended to 20 hours with a supplied case – one that is considerably larger than a container that is supplied with Apple & # 39; s AirPods.
As noted by Dieter Bohn of The Verge, the use of micro-USB instead of USB-C could eventually become a problem for first-generation buds if the connection continues to expire.
Amazon's very first high-end smart speaker, called the Echo Studio (pictured above), was also announced on Wednesday and is positioned as an addition to the company's HD streaming service
With the Echo earbuds, Amazon will also promote its new interoperability initiative that wants to integrate other voice assistants from different technology companies into its own devices.
Amazon says the buttons will be ready and can use both Siri and Google Assistant to execute voice commands.
Users can initiate the assistant on their phone – whether it is Siri or Google Assistant – by using the earphone button to press & # 39; long press & # 39; to execute – press and hold.
One thing that the buttons would not Despite previous reports, it acts as the company's first wearable wearable.
Reports prior to the hardware event on Wednesday speculated that the buttons would also double as a fitness tracker capable of clocking running speeds, calories burned, distance and more.
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