The week in smart home: Facebook's smart speaker to launch next week

Amazon unveiled the new feature last night along with the Amazon Clock

Amazon is also introducing the Echo Sub, a £120 compact wireless bass speaker, which can be used with other Alexa audio devices to create a 1.1 or 1.2 audio solution.

Making an Echo device for cars is a bit more challenging than creating one for homes, because of the increased noise level generated by a moving vehicle. I am sorry to report that the Amazon Echo Sub is not actually a submarine; when I first heard the term Sub, I imagined Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk in a race to invent the first mass-produced consumer submersible vehicle.

The move comes nearly a year after the tech giants for their assistants to be able to communicate with each other and three months after Microsoft how the integration would work.

Word emerged in January that the product is set to ship under the name Portal and will resemble Amazon Inc.'s Echo Show. Amazon says the preferred method to hook up Echo Auto is via Bluetooth or an auxiliary jack, which many modern cars possess. This will further notify a user of the artist's new single or album on the day of its release and will prove to be an interesting feature since the most common goal of a smart speaker is its ability to play music. More than 70 percent of US consumers use voice-activated technology on a daily basis. It's basically a more powerful answer to Google's Chromecast Audio.

Ring Stick Up Cam: As the name suggests, it's a security camera created to keep your home safe.

"Users can make outgoing Skype voice and video calls, accept incoming Skype calls, and even make SkypeOut calls to most phone numbers around the world", wrote, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft in a blog post.

Out of all of the other devices, people have been very excited about the Alexa powered microwave. The camera can be installed indoors or outdoors and it can also work as part of the Ring home security system.

Add deep bass to music playback on Echo devices.

The new Echo Sub looks like a taller, wider version of the Echo and Echo Plus. Or, is this just USELESS to you? The only thing you need is to make sure that the antenna has a good reception and the paired Echo device is present near it. The support for Alexa means Facebook and Amazon have a partnership going on.

If you'll be out of the house for a while, Alexa can randomize the lighting in your home to make it appear that you're still there - provided you own smart lighting.