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In response to studies, Amazon is creating Echo for partitions, soundbars and new automotive know-how

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David Limp, Senior Vice President of Devices and Services at Amazon.com Inc., will present the Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker during an unveiling ceremony at the company’s Spheres headquarters in Seattle, Washington, USA on Thursday, September 20, 2018.

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Amazon is working on a wall-mounted Echo and TV soundbar, as well as updates to its auto technology and portable devices, according to a Bloomberg report on Friday, which cites internal documents and sources familiar with the matter.

Amazon could expand its range of smart screen Echo Show devices. According to the article, the company is planning an Alexa-controlled Echo with a roughly 15-inch display that can be mounted on a wall or placed on a stand. It could serve as a control panel for smart home devices and be placed in the kitchen to display recipes or other helpful information, the report said.

The company is also planning a soundbar for televisions that comes with a front-facing camera that could allow users to take video calls from their televisions, Bloomberg reported.

Other products that could be in the pipeline, according to the report, include a second-generation model of its Echo Auto technology and a broader push toward wearables beyond the Halo fitness tracker, which launched last August. It is investigating a wearable for children and another for older adults that can, among other things, detect when they are falling, the news agency reported.

According to Bloomberg, Amazon’s home robot, another highly anticipated launch, may be a long way off. Several reports have speculated that the company is working on a robot that is voice-controlled and can roam around the house with built-in cameras. Amazon has started testing a prototype version of the device, but the robot has raised concerns about its viability internally, Bloomberg said.

The report comes as Amazon is to announce new devices at an event on September 28th. The company usually hosts a personal hardware event at its Seattle headquarters, but like last year, it hosts an online streaming event. Some of the devices mentioned by Bloomberg could be announced at the event, while others could hit the market later or be scrapped altogether, the report said.

An Amazon spokesman said the company does not comment on rumors or speculation.

Read the full Bloomberg report here.

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