The subsequent Amazon Echo could also be a high-end speaker, adopted by an Alexa house robotic

Amazon is claimed to be engaged on a higher-end Echo good speaker, in keeping with a brand new report right this moment, and that is no shock given how profitable Sonos and Google have been with extra highly effective variations of their good audio system.

This high-quality Echo packs extra audio parts right into a wider body than prior fashions, experiences Bloomberg, but it ought to nonetheless retain its signature cylindrical form. It will embrace a minimum of 4 tweeters, mentioned folks aware of the product.

It’s an apparent transfer for Amazon, which has already cornering the good speaker market at different worth factors. But it is left a void on the high, one which the Sonos Play:1 and Google Home Max have stuffed.

The Echo line of Alexa-powered audio system are frequent finest sellers, particularly throughout main gross sales seasons, just like the upcoming Amazon Prime Day 2019.

High-end audio…and a house robotic?

The larger Echo is being developed by Amazon’s {hardware} R&D division Lab126, which had beforehand reported to be engaged on an Alexa-controlled house robotic known as Vesta. Today’s information affirms that work continues on the home ‘bot, which was anticipated to be a minimum of launched this 12 months, however is reportedly not prepared for mass-production.

Just what Vesta can do continues to be a thriller, however right this moment’s Bloomberg report sheds extra mild on the product: prototypes are round waist-height and get round due to computer-vision cameras. That sounds just like the sort of computer-assisted navigation that Amazon has left to Google’s Waymo and Apple’s self-driving car experiments, which is intriguing territory for a corporation that made its bones on {hardware} fundamentals.

Details are nonetheless scarce about each tasks, and neither are seemingly far sufficient alongside to have launch dates.