Apple's Echo-like smart appliance may use a camera for facial recognition
posted by Stephen S. / May 27, 2016, 9:55 AM
Amazon's track record with hardware has been a little hit-and-miss, and after the spectacular failure of the Fire Phone, you'd be forgiven for thinking its glory days of Kindles and Fire tablets had passed it by. Then one year ago the company released the Echo smart appliance, a voice-controlled speaker/smarthome hub. Not only has the Echo been a surprise success, but it's inspired a new wave of similar devices, like the just-launched Google Home. Earlier this week we heard Apple could be developing its own spin on the smart-appliance concept, and now we're learning new details about just how this device might work.
That previous rumor described Apple's hardware as including a speaker and a microphone, making it sound like it would closely match the Amazon Echo in terms of how users would interact with it.
Now insider sources suggest that Apple's device won't be purely audio-driven, and that it could also include a camera that would allow it to see the room around it. Through the use of facial-recognition technology, it would be able to recognize users and even start configuring smart-home connected devices (like lighting) to their preferences – all without them having to issue a single spoken command.
The idea of a camera monitoring your living quarters 24/7 is bound to rub some people the wrong way, but Apple's been doing all it can lately to establish itself as a company interested in protecting its users' privacy, so we're optimistic that it could find a way to position the feature that makes it feel useful without venturing into Big Brother territory.
Supposedly, this device could be on Apple's hardware roadmap for release sometime next year, though a late-2016 launch may still be possible. There's also the possibility that Apple could revise its hardware plans between now and then, and this camera-observation mode could be dropped before the final feature set is established.
SOMEOME ELSE DID IT FIRST! AHHHHHH f**k APPLE! EVIL CORPORATION DUMB PHONE STUPID OS APPLE IS EVIL AHHHHH COPY CATS AMAZON ECHO WAS FIRST ERMAGAHD APPLE IS CORRUPTION I HATE APPLE
posted on May 27, 2016, 10:00 AM 3
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posted on May 27, 2016, 10:17 AM 0
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What I don't understand is why these things have become so coveted all of a sudden. The majority of people don't own many smart appliances, and personal assistants, while useful, are still pretty bare bones. Having said that, I can't be the only one who thinks Alexa is the sexist name ever right? Just putting this into context, I've dated three women named Alexis, but come on guys, Alexa sounds sexy AF :D.
posted on May 27, 2016, 10:08 AM 1
Alexa has a nice meaning too, its origin comes from the Greek word defender of man
posted on May 27, 2016, 10:28 AM 3
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I don't know what it is about the Alex-(insert ending here) but I just find them attractive. Granted most of the have "complexed" personalities (the second Alexis tried to throw my cousin off the bolcany at a family get-together, good times :-)) but they are genuinely intriguing to me. It's probably a fetish of some sort I need to see a therapist for lmao.
posted on May 27, 2016, 10:49 AM 2
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google home not including a camera was a bit of let down. felt like a catchup product to echo
posted on May 27, 2016, 1:03 PM 0
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I could imagine, that all family members need to register their iTunes accounts to be able to use this non existing device. Each time one person gives a command, Siri would answer, "sorry, you are not logged in and I can not process your request."
posted on May 28, 2016, 8:48 AM 0
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