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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
1/11/2017 10:30:44 AM
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Re: Amazon's dominance?
Ordering stuff from Amazon via voice command does seem risky. Besides the stories of kids ordering toys without parental supervision, I don't think I've seen any safeguards for not accidentally ordering anything. I can just imagine a podcast that I'm listening to in the background ordering something when I'm not paying attention.

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Jeremy
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1/11/2017 4:44:28 AM
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Re: Amazon's dominance?
I admit I'm pretty underwhelmed by Echo, although I haven't properly delved into the wide range of commands and controls available via apps like IFTTT. The speech recognition is good, but not mind-blowing. What Amazon demonstrated at CES was that they're pretty far ahead of their competition when it comes to building business partnerships across IoT.

I'm yet to use Echo to buy stuff via Amazon Prime on command either - too much power!

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
1/10/2017 10:43:01 PM
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Re: Amazon's dominance?
I wonder how many Fire tablets have been sold. The sub-$50 7" tablet from Amazon is actually a decent value. I haven't tried an Echo yet, so I can't say I fully see the utility of it beyond being a wireless speaker. Is the speech recognition of Alexa significantly better than Siri or Google Now or Cortana? I've tried Siri and Cortana, and I can't say I'm too impressed. But then Siri doesn't easily buy stuff from Amazon? I'm not sure I want a way to buy stuff more easily from Amazon....

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DHagar
DHagar
1/10/2017 9:50:44 PM
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Re: Amazon's dominance?
@dcawrey, IoT I believe will become a ubiquitous "utility" and, like the internet, and connection to key data elements and will turn dormant items into new sources of information and value.  This will make items "smart" and make data a useful part of every consumer's life.

It looks like CES has captured that very well.

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DHagar
DHagar
1/10/2017 9:47:45 PM
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Re: Amazon's dominance?
@mhhf1ve, I believe Amazon, as an early adapter, always draws attention and publicitiy, but I agree with you may not be the most sustainable.

The company that surprises and impresses me in this review is LG.

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Ariella
Ariella
1/10/2017 6:31:13 PM
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Re: Amazon's dominance?
Amazon has enjoyed tremendous success with its Echo. It sold over 5 million units within 2 years according to http://www.geekwire.com/2016/amazon-echo-sales-reach-5m-two-years-research-firm-says-google-competitor-enters-market. The same article says, "Amazon has been called the "accidental" early winner in the voice-controlled home, leading Google, Apple and others with surprisingly strong sales of Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices." 

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dcawrey
dcawrey
1/10/2017 4:19:31 PM
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Re: Amazon's dominance?
Most people don't think about Amazon as an IoT company, but I guess they are...

I didn't really think too much about this until I read this article. But you have to consider that IoT may just be the big thing of the next five years - every tech company is going to want to get in on the action. 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
1/10/2017 11:20:11 AM
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Amazon's dominance?
> "The Internet of Things owes its dominance at CES 2017 to Amazon. The company had no stall of their own at the tradeshow because they didn't need one.."

I'm just a bit skeptical that Amazon's Alexa will become the next big "computing interface" since it relies on voice. I'll have to look into how Amazon actually does its speech recognition -- if it licenses the tech from Nuance or if it has its own home-grown speech tech. But people have been predicting big things for speech recognition for decades, and it hasn't happened yet.

Microsoft claims it has dictation software that works as well as humans, but I'll believe it when I see (hear) it. The classic failure is getting a computer to distinguish between "Wreck a nice beach" and "Recognize speech".... 

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