Amazon's newest kid-friendly Echo is basically a talking nightlight


For those users' troubles, the new feature will proffer an apology from Alexa that may help to diffuse an otherwise tense exchange.

All three of the new speakers work with a new feature called Frustration Detection for Alexa, which Amazon is launching today.

The news was announced at an Amazon event in Seattle where the company also revealed a whole new range of Echo speakers and devices. They are constructed of lightweight and durable materials with four beamforming micro speakers that utilize Amazon's open-ear audio tech to direct sound towards your ears.

Alexa wants to be a Julia Child for the smart home set.

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Amazon has faced questions about whether or not its kid-friendly Alexa devices violate children's privacy, but that hasn't stopped it from making another one.

While the price tag of the Echo Studio is decidedly heftier than the company's other devices, it's competitive with other players in the arena like Sonos, which sells most base models around a similar price.

As the owners of Ring, Amazon is a major player in smart home security.

Gadget makers are flocking to create smart speakers.

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Along with beefing up the Echo and Ring lines, Amazon introduced earbuds it touted as providing the first wearable, hands-free Alexa experience on the go.

With a 5.25-inch woofer, and 330W of power, the Echo Studio promises to produce "deep, rich bass", according to Amazon. That's right, the often-laborious application process is now getting assistance from Alexa and Google Assistant, though each platform demands a slightly different form of conversation to get the process started, the company said this week.

That doesn't mean it's all over for Amazon; in fact, the new Echo Studio could be the first Echo speaker to truly appeals to audiophiles, being the first smart speaker to support Dolby Atmos' virtual 3D audio. It's as simple as saying, "Alexa, help me get a job at McDonald's" or "Ok Google, talk to McDonald's Apply Thru". Meanwhile, a quick double tap will enable and disable the aforementioned noise reduction functionality as a convenient way to stay in touch with the surrounding world if you so choose.

Amazon today expanded its smart home lineup with a new Echo Dot that adds a digital clock to its mesh covering, a high-end Echo Studio smart speaker, an 8-inch Echo Show, and more.

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You can turn off the microphone temporarily, too.