Amazon is reportedly working on a wall-mounted Echo device, a TV sound bar and updates to its car technology and wearables lineup, Bloomberg reported Friday.
The first rumoured device could be Amazon’s largest Echo device yet. Codenamed Hoya, the 15-inch Amazon Echo smart display could be mounted on a wall or just placed on a table. By doing so, it would give users a mounted smart display that can be used to control their smart home with the power of Alexa.
Additionally, Amazon has reportedly been working on a home robot for the past few years, codenamed Vesta. The device does not feature any arms and can’t use the stairs, but it would be able to follow a user around the home and remind them of upcoming events. Bloomberg reports that this is not a definite release, but it could be equipped with either a 7-inch or 10-inch display.
Next, the market for sound bars has exploded, and Amazon has previously been expected to release an Alexa-powered option of its own. However, that has yet to come to fruition, but this could be announced at an upcoming event. One version includes a built-in front-facing camera that would allow users to take video calls from their TV.
A 2nd-gen Echo Auto is expected to be announced, allowing users to pair their smartphones over Bluetooth and have access to Alexa through their car speakers. Amazon is also working closer with different car makers to integrate Alexa, and it’s possible that we’ll see some type of announcement soon.
Finally, Amazon is expected to announce new speakers and wearables sooon. If we do see new Amazon Echo speakers, these will be more of an iterative update since last year provided the much-needed design overhaul. Amazon has also been working on wearables and could debut a fitness tracker for kids and another designed specifically for senior citizens.
Check out the Bloomberg report for more info.