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Amazon May Be Working on a Device That Can Sense Your Emotions


May. 24 2019, Published 11:37 a.m. ET

Amazon has been trying to make Alexa ubiquitous

Over the last year or so, Amazon (AMZN) has been pushing hard to make its digital assistant, Alexa, ubiquitous, even beyond its Echo devices.

Now, the e-commerce giant may be bringing Alexa to a smart device, a voice-activated wearable that will be able to read your emotions, according to a report by Bloomberg. The report says that Alexa will be able to sense your emotions by listening to the tone of your voice through microphones on the device.

The wrist-worn device will be connected to the user’s smartphone. The device is currently being tested internally, and the project is called Dylan.

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Amazon’s smart speaker is seeing stiff competition

The news should be taken with a grain of salt, as this device may not see daylight and could remain an experiment, according to Bloomberg’s report.

Meanwhile, the Alexa-powered Echo devices may still be the best-selling smart speaker in the world, but it’s facing stiff competition from Chinese vendors.

According to a report by Canalys, China was by far the biggest market for smart speakers during the first quarter, hogging a 51% market share during in the period. However, Baidu, Alibaba, and Xiaomi are all set to give it a run for its money in the smart speaker space.

Amazon stock has fallen 7.5% since May 3, when the trade war between the United States and China resumed. Its stock is still up 23% this year.


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