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Startup CEO claims Amazon stole the Echo ShowNucleus is a touchscreen-enabled intercom, and its CEO thinks it may have inspired Amazon's Echo Show a little too much.
Amazon's Echo Show might have some trouble on it's hands or it's face. Green whatever you guys get the idea. Necleus a touchscreen enabled intercom system release in August of 2016 claims Amazon quote probably copied us unquote. I know, I know this seems a little bit like Amazon announce their product now I want to get into that action By saying Amazon copied us, but there's a bit more to it then that. Not only did the nucleus tap into Amazon's Alexa, but after selling out it's initial run, it received $5.6 million in funding from Amazon's venture capital arm Alexa Fund Making Amazon the prime investor in nucleus, and opening design information and road maps to the online retail giant. That's definitely raising some eyebrows. It's also possible the outcome of this particular brouhaha could scare off third party developers. If Amazon happily crushes smaller companies with their own versions of Alexa enabled products, it might discourage startups from prototyping new devices. So, what's the Amazon have say about all this? Company spokes person Dawn Brun said in a statement quote, we didn't get the idea for echo show from nucleus. Alexa is already on screen. Fire TV and Fire tablets We're always thinking of what will benefit our customers. We know our customers love to have choice in form factors, and that's a goal of ours on the Alexa team, unquote. Nucleus CEO, Jonathan Frankel, says he's considering all options for his company, going forward, but in the meantime, hopes to band together with other companies experiencing similar disruptions due to products like the Echo Show. So for now we'll have to keep an eye on it. For more check out cnet.com. I'm Ashley Esqueda. Keep it human.