Tech & Science Amazon’s 2018 Product Roadmap: What To Expect

13:36  07 january  2018
13:36  07 january  2018 Source:   Know Your Mobile

Amazon patents a mirror that dresses you in virtual clothes

  Amazon patents a mirror that dresses you in virtual clothes Have you ever fretted over buying a suit or dress online for a wedding or another flashy event, wondering how it would look on your frame or if it would even fit? The patent describes the mirror as partially-reflective and partially-transmissive, and uses a mix of displays, cameras, and projectors to create the blended image. The imagined mirror works by scanning the environment to generate a virtual model, and then identifies the face and eyes of the user to determine which objects are to be seen as a reflection. Once this process is completed, the virtual clothes and scene are transmitted through the mirror to create the blended-reality result.

2017 was a pretty good year for Apple. The introduced new iPads, the beautiful new iPhone X, the cellular-capable Apple Watch 3, and the all-new iMac Pro. But in the world of tech it’ s never “what did you do?” is “what are you going to do?”.

What went better than expected ? What did you not anticipate? What were your assumptions going into 2018 ? What worked in terms of execution? How do you involve your 2017 KPIs and product roadmap in 2018 planning?

Amazon’s 2018 Product Roadmap: What To Expect© Amazon’s 2018 Product Roadmap: What To Expect In 2017 Amazon went from being one of the bigger tech players to becoming a company that could become the biggest player in tech in the near future, according to many analysts. It seems like the year just ended saw a company that could do no wrong. Besides retaining its top spot of the largest online retailer in the west, the company put out a succession of updated and new products that flew off the shelves–including hits like the Amazon Echo Dot. Amazon also shocked the world by getting into the brick and mortar grocery business with its purchase of Whole Foods. So what could Amazon do to possible top this in 2018? Here are some guesses of what to expect.

Hisense’s 2018 smart TVs are getting Amazon Alexa

  Hisense’s 2018 smart TVs are getting Amazon Alexa Hisense — the world’s third-largest TV manufacturer — is starting to preview its 2018 lineup of smart TVs that’ll be announcing at CES this year. The big addition this time around seems to be Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant, which is coming to some existing models, including the 100-inch 4K laser TV that the company announced late last year. In addition to the usual suite of Alexa features for music playback, smart home controls, and third-party skills, Hisense says that users will be able to directly control their TV’s hardware, using Alexa to do tasks like change inputs or control volume with voice commands.

Here’ s what you might be able to expect from Apple in 2018 . iPhone 9, iPhone X Plus, and a new iPhone SE. However, at the last minute, Apple delayed the launch date, now saying the Siri-enabled Amazon Echo competitor will be released in "early 2018 ."

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New Amazon Echos

a close up of a device© Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited Smart speakers are expected to have their biggest year yet in 2018–that’s being helped by Apple getting into the game with its HomePod. But Amazon virtually created the smart speaker market with its Echo line years ago and in 2017 extended that lineup to include the smaller Echo Dot, as well as the Echo Plus, and the Echo Show. Expect Amazon to double down on its Echo lineup in 2018 with new skills across all its devices as well as updated acoustics and possibly even new form factors.

New Kindles

a close up of a device© Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited The company will obviously update its Kindle e-reader line. It’s obvious to expect improved screens and lighting, but beyond that, what could be expected for 2018 Kindles is still up in the air. New designs are possible as are a refinement of the line. The Voyage has not been updated in a while and with the popularity of the Oasis, it’s possible we may see Amazon condense its Kindle offerings.

New Fire TVs

  Amazon’s 2018 Product Roadmap: What To Expect © Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited Amazon currently sells the Fire TV Stick and the larger Fire TV, which handles 4K and HDR video. Given video content is an important metric for Amazon since it helps drive Prime subscriptions we can expect Amazon to update both Fire TV devices with minor spec bumps in the prime Fire TV and perhaps even bringing 4K and HDR support to the Fire TV Stick.

New Fire Tablets

a laptop computer© Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited Yeah, you think of “iPad” when you think “tablet” but Amazon’s Fire tablet line is actually one of the most popular tablet lines out there. That’s mainly thanks to their low price points and range of screen sizes from 7in to 10in. Truth be told, 2018 probably won’t bring too many big changes to Fire tablets, but we’re sure to see some spec bumps.

More Integration With Whole Foods

person holding a sign© Provided by Dennis Publishing Limited As mentioned, Amazon surprised everyone when it bought Whole Foods in 2017. But Amazon doesn’t just want to get into the physical grocery market–it wants to redefine physical shopping. To that end, Amazon has been testing its “Amazon Go” shopping service at one location in the US. This service allows people to go to the store, pick up items off the shelf, and walk out of the store with them without stopping at a till to pay. Instead, sensors link the products taken to a person’s Amazon account and charge them automatically. It’s possible this Amazon Go service could expand to some (or all) Whole Foods stores in 2018.

Another Major Acquisition

As is evident from its Whole Foods purchase, Amazon isn’t afraid to splash down some serious cash for big name companies. Some analysts are saying Amazon might do that again in 2018 with a purchase of US retail giant Target. Will that happen? We honestly wouldn’t be surprised.

CES showed us smart displays will be the new normal .
Before the start of CES 2018, the only real smart speakers with a display were the Amazon Echo Show and the Echo Spot. But now that Google has partnered with several manufacturers to make a whole line of Echo Show rivals, a bona fide new device category has been born: the smart display. The simple reason for this argument is that the display makes such devices much more useful. Sure, you could have Alexa or Google Assistant tell you there's a Starbucks 1.5 miles away from you. But wouldn't it be nice to actually see where it is on a map? Or if you wanted to know the time, you could just, you know, look at the screen.

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