Amazon's Fire TV Cube kills two birds with one stone

Amazon launches Echo Look in U.S., could popularize computer vision via Alexa

"We believe voice makes it easier for customers to control their entertainment systems and watch the TV and movies they care about", Amazon Fire TV VO Marc Whitten said in a prepared statement. An Xbox One can turn on your TV when you use a controller to turn on the console itself, or a Blu-ray player can adjust a TV's volume. You can use Alexa to ask questions about traffic, the weather, the news, and more, as well as have it play music and set alarms.

Fire TV Cube comes with an array of eight microphones - one more than the second-generation Echo speaker released a year ago - giving the device the ability to hear commands spoken from across a room.

'And, it's just the beginning. Amazon's Fire TV Cube device measures 86.1 x 86.1 x 76.9mm (3.4 x 3.4 x 3.0-inches) and weighs 465g.

Amazon Fire TV Cube is available for pre-order today and will begin shipping on June 21, Amazon says. However, if you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you'll be able to get it for $89.99 on June 7 and June 8 - so don't delay, order today! Plus, for a limited time, customers can pre-order Fire TV Cube and Amazon Cloud Cam together for $199.98 - a $40 savings. The company describes the newest set-top box as a "hands-free" Alexa experience, one that also offers support for 4K HDR content, HDMI CEC controls, voice control, Dolby Atmos support, and more. Advanced beamforming technology combines the signals from the individual microphones to suppress noise, reverberation, content now playing, and even competing speech to make sure Alexa clearly hears your request, even next to your TV.

US first lady Melania Trump to skip G7, North Korea summit
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Then, users make a selection from the list, calling out a specific number and the Fire TV Cube will start playing that content. The growing app library provides over 500,000 movies and TV episodes from services like Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, NBC, and more.

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The Echo Look is certainly the most unique device in the wider Echo family, so it'll be interesting to see how it performs in the hotly contested smart home/speaker market.

The Fire TV Cube could even push more streaming video providers to add Alexa controls to their apps. Getting people to use Alexa keeps them tied to Amazon's services and ultimately buying more from the online retailer.

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