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From: GeekWire - Amazon unveils Echo Look, a new $200 Alexa-powered device with camera that offers fashion tips


Amazon’s newest Echo device doubles as a machine learning-powered fashion assistant. The Seattle tech giant today unveiled the Echo Look, a new $200 “hands-free camera and style assistant” that is powered by Alexa, Amazon’s AI voice platform. The new device lets users take full-length pictures and videos of themselves with a depth-sensing camera and computer-generated background blur. Amazon then stores those snapshots via a companion app and can provide fashion recommendations with a “Style Check” service that uses machine learning algorithms and advice from fashion specialists. The device, which has a built-in LED light, a microphone, and mount, can also answer questions about the… Read More

From: MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - All Stories - Amazon’s New ‘Echo Look’ Camera Has Machine Learning to Help You Make Better Fashion Choices

Amazon today announced the expansion of its popular Echo line with the $200 Amazon Echo Look, a device that packs in all of the typical Echo functionalities and adds on a hands-free camera with built-in LED lighting that can give users an edge on their wardrobe choices. With Echo Look, users can take full-body photos and videos using their voice, and view the content on the connected Amazon iOS and Android apps.

Thanks to the Echo Look’s depth-sensing camera, users’ outfits pop in the foreground while the background is blurred, making it easier to see what they’re wearing. Photos can be saved to an ongoing “look book” that will log what users wear every day so as to not duplicate outfits, and the pics can be shared easily on social networks or through texts. Taking a video allows users to quickly replay the clip on their phone so they can see their outfit from every angle in the moment, making it easier to decide on what to wear.

With Echo Look, you can take full-length photos of your daily look using just your voice. The built-in LED lighting and depth-sensing camera let you blur the background to make your outfits pop, giving you clean, shareable photos.

Get a live view in the Echo Look app or ask Alexa to take a short video so you can see yourself from every angle. View recommendations based on your daily look and use Style Check for a second opinion on what looks best. And, because Alexa is built in the cloud, she’s always getting smarter—and so will Echo Look.

Echo Look also comes equipped with a machine learning feature called Style Check, allowing users to take two pictures of two separate outfits and compare the two in order to make the best choice. Combined with advice from fashion specialists, Style Check gives users a percentage bar of what outfit works better in the moment, and what fits better on each individual user.

“Alexa, take a photo.” Introducing Echo Look—hands-free camera and style assistant.Request an invitation https://t.co/3jiktJdD0k @amazonecho pic.twitter.com/bFATRwNvq6

— Amazon.com/Fashion (@AmazonFashion) April 26, 2017

Otherwise, Echo Look functions like any other Echo device. Users can set alarms, listen to the news and audiobooks, get traffic alerts, control their smart home devices, check the weather, and more. With the launch of Echo Look, Amazon now sells the Echo in three iterations: the traditional Echo ($179.99), the Echo Dot ($49.99), and the new Echo Look ($199.99). An official release date for the Echo Look has not yet been announced, but users interested can sign up for an invitation on the device’s Amazon page.

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From: BGR - Amazon’s $200 selfie cam will tell you you’re pretty

As part of its ongoing attempts to cut human interaction out of our lives, Amazon has released a new addition to the Alexa product line. Called the Echo Look, it’s a $200 version of the Amazon Echo with a selfie camera and the ability to judge your outfits.

The idea, according to an advert featuring a series of 20-something single people getting ready for work, is that you put the Echo Look in your closet, and use it to take photos of your outfit to add to your Instagram/Whatsapp/Snapchat/Facebook Stories. You can also use it to keep a logbook of your outfits, or have Amazon’s image-recognition AI judge your clothing selections for the day.

The camera and associated features look perfectly tailored to work with the social media formats that are popular these days: the camera has depth-sensing capabilities so it can blur the background, and there’s a feature that lets you take a Snapchat-length 360-degree video for maximum #social #reach.

“Style Check” is the other big feature that Amazon is highlighting with the Look. It’s supposed to help you choose between two outfits, based on an opinion from Amazon’s smart AI and “fashion specialists.” The details mention that “Over time, these decisions get smarter through your feedback and input from our team of experienced fashion specialists,” so customers will basically be training Alexa to learn and repeat the perfect Instagram outfit.

It also works like any of Amazon’s other voice-activated speakers with the full range of Alexa commands, although it doesn’t appear to have the same high-quality speaker as the $179 Echo, so you might not want to use it to stream music.

Amazon’s existing line of Echo speakers fill a logical niche, as they’re basically just Bluetooth speakers with a smart AI built in. The Echo Look is a whole new kind of product, and I think Amazon’s going to have a tough time persuading you to put an always-listening internet-connected camera in your bedroom without also selling you a roll of black tape to leave next to the lens.

From: Lifehacker - Amazon’s One-Day Activewear Sale Won’t Give Your Wallet Too Much of a Workout

Spring is ripe with opportunity to get outside, but getting the right gear for the weather is always the hard part. Amazon is right there with you, marking down a ton of activewear apparel, from brands like PUMA, Adidas, Champion, Reebok, and more, so you can get outside, even if it’s just for a nice, brisk walk to…

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