Amazon Fire TV with Alexa support baked into some 4K TVs

NVIDIA introduced the new Shield TV at CES 2017

NVIDIA introduced the new Shield TV at CES 2017

The next phase, in summer, will see greater integration in the vehicle, letting drivers make a variety of requests from Alexa, including some of the same things an Alexa device in the home can respond to.

Alexa is able to place restaurant delivery orders for Prime members in over 20 cities, as part of Prime Now, the Amazon service that offers same-day delivery.

As the technology industry descended on Las Vegas for the world's largest innovation fair, scores of companies prepared to unveil speakers, robots, refrigerators and security systems powered by Alexa software.

We went hands-on with Lenovo's new Smart Assistant here at CES 2017, which will go on sale in May starting at $129.

"You no longer have to set down your popcorn to change the channel, or spend time searching for what channel the game is on - just ask Alexa to do it for you", said Rob Pulciani, director, Amazon Alexa. Lenovo, a multinational tech company, worked with Amazon to build Alexa into a new device. Home appliance maker Whirlpool announced that select ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers and more can be controlled using voice, too, joining similar GE devices announced a year ago.

This means Amazon's Fire TV Edition will be something worth paying attention to, as the TVs are 4K-capable, sport 3GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage, Bluetooth/Wi-Fi/Ethernet connectivity, and will arrive in sizes between 43 inches and 65 inches. You can ask Alexa to tell Samsung's latest robot vacuum to start cleaning the house, or your Belkin light switch to dim the lights.

"Voice is the future and this is particularly true in cars", Steve Rabuchin, vice president of Amazon Alexa, said in a statement at CES, formerly the Consumer Electronics Show.

While smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home can be helpful, they aren't known to be great speakers. To talk to Alexa across a room without pressing a button today you need the Amazon Echo.

Amazon is letting other hardware manufacturers bundle Alexa into their devices as a way to expand Amazon's reach in the emerging smart home market.

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