When Amazon’s hardware development arm, Lab126, filed early patents for the Echo speakers in 2010, it was destined to become an augmented reality device. One patent application suggested a device that would allow people to walk around their homes interacting with AR screens, another described a device for understanding spoken words, songs, claps and whistles, while tracking a user’s movements. Four years later, in 2014, Alexa and the Echo were born.
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