Nowadays there are so many things vying for our attention. What if they could all just be a little less needy and a little more, well, smart? Smart medicine bottles that would take care of the tiresome repeat prescription requests or smart traffic signals that would make the commute into work a breeze? Well, it’s not really all that far from home, with 2015 being penned the year of “connected living”.
Just a few weeks ago, Amazon announced a new product available to buy in the US called Echo. The product video, essentially a rather cutesy look into the all American home, serves up a honeyed view of how one robot can go from jotting down the shopping lists, to “becoming part of the family”, and all with the handy trigger wake word of “Alexa” to activate voice commands.