Now you can chat with Alexa EVERYWHERE: Amazon's new $ 130 headsets respond to voice commands to play music, check the weather, and come with Bose's built-in noise reduction
- Amazon's first wireless headsets will allow users to use Alexa on the go
- Echo Earbuds are due to ship later this year and will cost $ 129.99
- Alexa is activated with voice commands to play music, check the weather, etc.
- Bose has also integrated a noise reduction algorithm to help block external sound.
- Fitness tracking won't be part of gadget despite previous reports
Amid a torrent of new product launches on Wednesday, Amazon announced the first company: a set of voice-activated wireless headsets.
Echo Earbuds, as Amazon is calling the new device, will launch later this year starting at $ 129.99 and will act as a direct competitor to other popular products such as Apple's AirPods, which currently cost $ 160.
One of the most notable features will be integration with Alexa, Amazon's voice assistant.
This allows users to use their voice to perform various commands. Basically, everything you can do with Amazon's smart Echo speaker can be done with the headphones, including playing music, checking the weather, and more.
The next biggest selling point is undoubtedly the headphone noise reduction feature, which uses algorithms developed by Bose to block external sound.
To enable the feature, the buttons can be tapped twice and again to disable the feature.
This technology will also help the device understand user command amid any ambient noise that may be happening in the environment.
“ Each headset has two external and one internal microphones that work together to reduce ambient noise, so Alexa can hear you when you are walking to class, at lunch break or going home on the train. 39; & # 39 ;, the company said in a statement. .
"All you have to do is ask to listen to your favorite playlist, find the nearest coffee shop or order one."
Amazon says the buttons have a battery life of five hours and are charged via a mini USB. This life can be extended to 20 hours with an enclosed case – one that is noticeably larger than a container that comes with Apple AirPods.
As noted by Dieter Bohn of The Verge, using micro-USB instead of USB-C can become a problem for first-generation buds if the connection continues to slow.
Amazon's first smart speaker, called Echo Studio (pictured above), was also announced on Wednesday and is being positioned as a companion to the company's HD streaming service.
With the Echo Earbuds, Amazon will also promote its new interoperability initiative that aims to integrate other voice assistants from different technology companies into their own devices.
Amazon says the buttons will be ready and will be able to use Siri and Google Assistant to perform voice commands.
Users can launch the assistant on their phone – either Siri or Google Assistant – using the headset button to perform a long press. – press and hold.
One thing the buttons won't do, despite previous reports, is to act as the company's first fitness equipment.
Reports prior to the hardware event on Wednesday speculated that the buttons would also serve as a fitness tracker able to track running speeds, burn calories, distance and more.
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