Amazon hints at the Fire TV Cube

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Amazon has finally brought the Echo Spot smart speakers in India.

The report doesn't have many details about the robots themselves, but sources speculate that the Vesta could be a "mobile Alexa", moving with owners through their home and assisting them when an Echo device isn't within earshot. If the user tends to have more than one Echo, Alexa claims to respond intelligently from the Echo you are closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception). If Amazon keeps the price under $100, the new Fire TV Cube could become another must have Amazon Device. While the earlier Echo speakers were all about the audio - voice commands and voice-based responses - the Echo adds video component to the whole thing. Other Indian-specific features such as ordering food from Zomato, booking an Ola cab etc. can be done through the Echo Spot. Vesta is being developed by Lab126, who is the Amazon hardware R&D center that previously built the Kindle, Fire Phone, and Echo.

Echo Spot is also capable of generating short-form videos such as news briefings from news providers like NDTV, Aaj Tak, Times Now and India Today.

The Amazon Echo Spot is capable of listening to voices across any corner of the room all thanks to the four second-gen far-field microphones and the enhanced noise cancellation. Many other deals are available for those buying more than one Echo device. The company has also set up special kiosks in Bangalore, Mumbai and across other 350 offline retail outlets in India.

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Echo Spot is available in black and white for Rs 12,999 and ships immediately. People in the know say Amazon plans to begin seeding the robots in employees' homes by the end of the current year.

It's being speculated that the Fire TV Cube will let users have hands-free interaction with Alexa to search and play video content. Alexa might also be able to provide hands-free playback control for music and videos.

"Echo Spot combines the popular design of the Echo Dot with the added benefit of a display", said Jayshree Gururaj, Director - Amazon Devices. Instead of a clock face, the device has a circular 480x480 pixel display that measures 2.5-inches in diameter.

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