Amazon Echo Show 5

Amazon’s next Echo display might be a wall-mounted control panel

Slimmed-down smart screen might act as a 'command centre' for your smart devices, according to an unconfirmed report
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Amazon Echo Show 5

9 February 2021

Amazon’s Echo smart displays are great for showing off family photos, streaming videos, flipping through recipes and scanning weather forecasts, but haven’t broken through as smart home controllers. Yes, you can ask Alexa to turn on the lights or adjust the temperature, but drilling down on various devices on the actual display requires too many taps and swipes.

That might be about to change in the form of a slimmed-down, Alexa-enabled screen that would be mounted on a wall and function more like a control panel than an all-purpose smart display.

The word comes from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who has a solid track record when it comes to Amazon and Apple leaks.

 

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The rumored panel, which could come in 10″ or 13″ sizes, would be “far slimmer” than current Echo Show displays (such as the Echo Show 5 pictured here), and it would let users see their agendas, take charge of smart devices, and play music and videos, according to Gruman.

It doesn’t sound too different from Amazon’s current Echo Show devices, save for one key difference: Gruman reports that the rumoured panel would act as a “digital command center” that competes with devices such as Control4’s professionally installed control panels.

Ideally, the unconfirmed Echo display would give you more of a birds-eye view of your smart devices, letting you see which lights are on, which doors are locked, and what temperature your thermostats are set at, all at a glance. Instead of having to navigate your way to a particular light group – a sluggish process on the Echo Show 5 – the wall-mounted Echo could let you control a given device with just a tap or two.

The idea of a wall-mounted Echo that’s focused on smart home control is an enticing prospect; less enticing, however, is the prospect of threading a power cable inside the wall.

In any event, Amazon isn’t saying a peep about an Echo command centre, and Gurman notes that plans for the rumoured display “could change or be scrapped altogether”.

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