Novel motorised smart screen tracks your movements to keep facing you for media and video calls
Amazon’s latest top-of-the-range Alexa smart display has a trick up its sleeve like no other: it can follow you around a room.
The third-generation Echo Show 10 costs £239.99 and is Amazon’s largest smart display, sitting above the smaller £100 Echo Show 8 with an 8in screen and £80 Echo Show 5 with a 5.5in screen.
Alexa and Skype are available in the UK for video calling, but Zoom is only available in the US.
The display will stop if it hits something, and it wobbles a little when you are typing using the on-screen keyboard.
The screen would often point slightly off to the left of my body, but this didn’t happen as much for others in my household.
It had issues setting and displaying background pictures from my Amazon Photos library, which the company said was related to a configuration problem with my particular account, but could not fix in the review period.
Pros: Alexa, good screen, novel motorised display, automatic pan and zoom for good video calling, good sound, Netflix, security camera function, attractive design contains recycled materials.
Cons: expensive, camera can’t handle...
Second-gen Nest Hub avoids the user needing to wear a bracelet or headband and acts as smart alarm
Google’s latest Nest Hub smart display tracks sleep with miniaturised radar without the user having to wear a bracelet or headband.
The revamped 7in Google Assistant smart display is being repositioned as a smart alarm clock and health-monitoring device for the bedroom.
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We just wanted the money to pay to have the circuit board repaired
I am having the most absurd argument with E.ON after the power firm’s smart meter installation wrecked our five-year-old gas boiler and it then refused to pay for the repairs.
It started when we moved our gas and electricity supply to E.ON in April. Our new tariff required us to get a smart meter for each and so in August E.ON’s contractor, Morrison Utility Services, arrived to install them. But when it turned the electricity supply back on after installation, our previously working boiler would not restart.Continue reading...
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From Rosie the Robot in the 1960s animated sitcom The Jetsons to Siri and Alexa today, technologies that perform the roles of housekeeper and secretary are often presented as female. What does the gendering of these machines say about our expectations of who should be doing this kind of work? In the first of two episodes exploring the world of fembots and female AI assistants, the Guardian’s UK technology editor, Alex Hern, examines whether smart assistants are reinforcing harmful gender stereotypesContinue reading...
If software is not kept up-to-date, items can lose functionality and become a security risk
Smart appliances that can be controlled remotely and will let you know if there is a fault or other problem may not be worth paying extra for unless manufacturers commit to keeping software updated, Which? has warned.
The consumer group said that smart fridges, dishwashers and tumble dryers cost hundreds of pounds more than their conventional counterparts, but in some cases could be rendered obsolete after as little as two years.Continue reading...