Amazon、「Echo」ファミリー拡大で「Echo Dot」などの更新および電子レンジ他の新製品

 米Amazon.comは9月20日(現地時間)、シアトルの本社キャンパスで開催した「Amazon Devices Event」で、音声アシスタント「Alexa」とスマートスピーカー「Echo」シリーズ関連の新製品を多数発表した。


日本でも販売している「Echo Dot」と「Echo Plus」、日本未発売のディスプレイ付き「Echo Show」の新モデルが登場した。これらはEcho Showを含め、すべて日本でも同日から予約を受け付けている。

車にAlexaを連れて行ける「Echo Auto」

「Echo Auto」は、Anker Innovationsの「ROAV VIVA」のように、車でAlexaを利用できるようにするための端末。カーチャージャーとしての機能はない。

Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse

Internet-connected home devices that are marketed as the newest conveniences are also being used to harass, monitor and control.

SAN FRANCISCO — The people who called into the help hotlines and domestic violence shelters said they felt as if they were going crazy.

One woman had turned on her air-conditioner, but said it then switched off without her touching it. Another said the code numbers of the digital lock at her front door changed every day and she could not figure out why. Still another told an abuse help line that she kept hearing the doorbell ring, but no one was there.

Their stories are part of a new pattern of behavior in domestic abuse cases tied to the rise of smart home technology. Internet-connected locks, speakers, thermostats, lights and cameras that have been marketed as the newest conveniences are now also being used as a means for harassment, monitoring, revenge and control…