"Siri has eyes for you: Apple reportedly testing Echo rival with camera"
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Siri has eyes for you: Apple reportedly testing Echo rival with camera
Apple is making its own version of the Amazon Echo smart speaker.
And a new report from Bloomberg says Apple has begun testing it in the homes of Apple engineers.
What makes Apple's voice activated speaker different is that it said to have cameras with facial recognition that can detect your emotions.
So that means that soon Siri will know if you're not smiling.
I always wanted artificial intelligence to read my feelings and see everything I do in my home.
Back in May, Scene It was first to report that Apple smart speaker hub would have a facial scanning camera.
And Bloomberg's report collaborates that.
Reportedly, Apple is working on ex Expanding series role for the speaker so the assistant can read off things like emails, text messages and tweets.
As for the cameras, well Bloomberg reports it's only in some models being tested.
So it is possible it may not make the cut.
Google's answer to this is called Google Home, it's gonna go on sale later this year.
We're expecting to get more details about it's launch at an event on October 4th.
Meanwhile, Amazon just keeps making more Echoes, this month the Echo with the personal assistant, Alexa, made it's way to Europe and now it comes in black and white.
The smaller Echo Dot also now comes in both colors and it dropped its price to $50 in the US.
That's it for this tech news update, I'm Bridget Carey, and you can stay on the top of the biggest stories at cnet.com/update.
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