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Technology Get ready for Alexa to greet you at the doorstep

22:50  03 march  2018
22:50  03 march  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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The intelligence gleaned from the Ring doorbell camera could enable Alexa to know “hundreds” of things about the home family life that would make the For instance, the father upstairs waiting for the high-school age son to get home by midnight could ask Alexa if Brian had arrived yet, and the parent

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This week Amazon forked over an estimated $1 billion-plus to buy the scrappy maker of video doorbells, Ring. This isn't, in our view, because Amazon believes its future lies in putting smart doorbells on every home in America. Instead, we see it as just another way the e-tailer intends to get a tighter grip on your home.

Today, you might think of the Amazon Echo connected speaker as a simple device that plays music on command, tells you the weather and turns on and off your lights, and that's about it. 

In the next years, Alexa turns into "your bestie," says James McQuivey, an analyst with Forrester Research. "Your confidante running your life."

The intelligence gleaned from the Ring doorbell camera could enable Alexa to know “hundreds” of things about the home family life that would make the speaker more useful, he says. 

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For instance, the father upstairs waiting for the high-school age son to get home by midnight could ask Alexa if Brian had arrived yet, and the parent at work could check with Alexa to see if the fifth-grader had walked through the front door, as was hoped.

“It starts with a camera ingesting the data and applying the intelligence to Amazon,” says McQuivey. 

Ring isn't Amazon's first doorbell purchase. It also snapped up lesser known security camera maker Blink, which is slated to release its answer to Ring later this year. And McQuivey says there will be more.

The other missing ingredient here is the smart lock, and McQuivey believes Amazon will work with Ring and others to create one that’s paired with the doorbell and easier to install than existing products.

Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Securities, believes Amazon’s goal was to use Ring to get into home security, using the camera with Alexa as the vehicle to bring in potentially $10 billion yearly in subscriptions. He figures Amazon has 100 million members of the Prime expedited shipping and entertainment service. One hundred million times $10 a month for security equals $10 billion.

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And from security, Amazon now has smart home products installed that will lead to other ones. “Amazon is deadly serious about winning the war for the smart home,” Pachter says.

Amazon says Ring will remain an independent unit of the company, similar to Zappo's online shoes and Whole Foods, which hasn't changed its name. Whatever Amazon does with Ring, this you know —you may not have heard of Ring before, but you will now. Amazon will make it its business to put the doorbell in front of you. 

A quick scan of Amazon's home page this week found me targeted for a new Amazon Prime credit card offering 5% off all Whole Foods purchases, an offer to save $25 off Amazon home grocery delivery, and invite to play Jeopardy with Alexa and to check out audio books from the Audible unit.

Can a video doorbell be far behind? 

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  Alexa's new Follow-Up Mode can handle back-to-back requests Enable this new setting in the Alexa app, and the virtual assistant will keep listening for follow-up questions at the end of each exchange -- no additional wake word needed.The basic idea is simple, and obvious in hindsight. With Follow-Up Mode, Alexa will listen for 5 seconds after she's done responding to you to see if you have anything else to ask. The blue ring on your Alexa device of choice will light up during these 5 seconds to indicate that she's listening. If you have anything else to ask her, you can just ask it without needing to say her name first. If you don't, she'll just go back to sleep automatically without saying anything else.

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