Alexa’s new smart speaker home just got a bold redesign

Amazon line of smart speakers is switching up its look; the new Amazon Echo will be spherical. The price will be $100 (£90), which is what the company’s previous, third-generation Amazon Echo went for. The new Echo speaker will be available Oct. 22, and its fabric-covered body will come in three different colors: charcoal, glacier white and twilight blue. It’s open for preorder now.

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For specifics about its design as regards sound quality, Amazon says, “Its 3.0-inch woofer, dual-firing tweeters, and Dolby processing delivers stereo sound with clear highs, dynamic-mids, and deep bass that automatically adapts to any room.”

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While the woofer appears to be the same as the previous

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Amazon Echo: Alexa’s new smart speaker home just got a bold redesign

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Amazon line of smart speakers is switching up its look; the new Amazon Echo will be spherical. The price will be $100 (£90), which is what the company’s previous, third-generation Amazon Echo went for. The new Echo speaker will be available Oct. 22, and its fabric-covered body will come in three different colors: charcoal, glacier white and twilight blue. It’s open for preorder now.

For specifics about its design as regards sound quality, Amazon says, “Its 3.0-inch woofer, dual-firing tweeters, and Dolby processing delivers stereo sound with clear highs, dynamic-mids, and deep bass that automatically adapts to any room.”

While the woofer appears to be the same as the previous Echo’s, Amazon has packed a second .8-inch tweeter into the speaker, which should

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Walmart to Redesign Stores to Better Integrate With App

Walmart  (WMT) – Get Report on Wednesday unveiled a new store redesign that works with its mobile app to help customers make contactless transactions.

“As part of the overall signage, the exterior and interior of the stores will reflect the Walmart app icon,” the Bentonville, Ark., company’s executive vice president and chief customer officer, Janey Whiteside, said in a blog post.

“As customers enter the store, they will see colorful iconography and a store directory that encourages them to download and use the Walmart app while they shop.

“Throughout the store, bold, dimensional typeface … directs customers to the exact section they are looking for, while aisles are marked with letter and number combinations to guide customers from phone to product.”

The company said it tested the design in select stores — it didn’t say which — and was pleased with the customer feedback.

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Wearable exosuit that lessens muscle fatigue could redesign the future of work — ScienceDaily

Vanderbilt University engineers have determined that their back-assist exosuit, a clothing-like device that supports human movement and posture, can reduce fatigue by an average of 29-47 percent in lower back muscles. The exosuit’s functionality presents a promising new development for individuals who work in physically demanding fields and are at risk for back pain, including medical professionals and frontline workers.

The article describing the experiment and findings, “Low-Profile Elastic Exosuit Reduces Back Muscle Fatigue,” was published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports on September 29.

The research, led by Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Karl Zelik and recent Ph.D. graduate and primary author Erik Lamers, used surface electromyography techniques to measure changes in low back muscle fatigue in male and female participants, who were given physical tasks to perform both with and without the exosuit.

The wearable technology developed by Zelik’s team may conjure images of Iron Man’s suit, but

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Vanderbilt wearable exosuit that lessens muscle fatigue could redesign the future of work

Vanderbilt University engineers have determined that their back-assist exosuit, a clothing-like device that supports human movement and posture, can reduce fatigue by an average of 29-47 percent in lower back muscles. The exosuit’s functionality presents a promising new development for individuals who work in physically demanding fields and are at risk for back pain, including medical professionals and frontline workers.

The article describing the experiment and findings, “Low-Profile Elastic Exosuit Reduces Back Muscle Fatigue,” was published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports on September 29.

The research, led by Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Karl Zelik and recent Ph.D. graduate and primary author Erik Lamers, used surface electromyography techniques to measure changes in low back muscle fatigue in male and female participants, who were given physical tasks to perform both with and without the exosuit.

The wearable technology developed by Zelik’s team may conjure images of Iron Man’s

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Amazon just unveiled the biggest redesign to the Echo since its launch in 2014



a close up of a bowl: The redesigned Amazon Echo. Amazon


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The redesigned Amazon Echo. Amazon

  • Amazon just unveiled the biggest redesign to its Echo devices since 2014. 
  • The new Echo and Echo Dot, Amazon’s popular Alexa-enabled smart speakers, will now come in a spherical shape rather than the tall, cylindrical design of previous Echos. 
  • The new Echo devices will start shipping later this year and cost $100 and $50 respectively. 
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Amazon just unveiled a redesigned Echo and Echo Dot, the biggest change to the device’s look and feel since its debut in 2014. 

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The ecommerce giant on Thursday hosted its annual product event, where it typically shows of the next generation of its Echo and Alexa-enabled devices. Unlike years past, this year’s event took place entirely virtually, with Amazon showcasing its new technology over a live stream from its Spheres in Seattle. 

The new Echo devices mark a major

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