Exploring Amazon’s Echo and the retailer’s home automation channel plans

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This week’s podcast is basically all about Amazon in that we cover Amazon’s launch of a product called Echo that combines a speaker and voice recognition to offer an in-home personal assistant that’s sort of like Siri. But also this week I have Jim Adkins, Vice President for Home Improvement at Amazon, as the guest. He’s in charge of all of the home automation products on the site and discusses some trends for the holiday, some of the benefits Amazon has over other retailers in selling connected devices and shares his email address so startups that want to get listed on Amazon can make contact with the online retailer.

I recorded my conversation with Adkins before the launch of the Echo, so we didn’t discuss that (he wouldn’t have anyhow), so don’t get your hopes up on that front. Kevin and I share a few Christmas gift recommendations and I also share the sad news that we’ll be putting the Internet of Things show on a hiatus after this show until CES in January. So, enjoy this podcast and I hope it lasts for several weeks.

Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guests: Kevin Tofel and Jim Adkins, Vice President for Home Improvement at Amazon.

  • We’re taking a break from the podcast until CES
  • Some holiday gift ideas for you
  • Amazon launches the Echo and Kevin and I discuss voice UI in the home
  • Why Amazon is so excited about home automation products
  • How a startup can get their product on

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