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If you’ve ever wished your Echo device had a control panel, the good news: Amazon’s Lab126 hardware division designs a wall-mounted Echo that can control your smart home and media, and host video chats.

Revenue through report Bloomberg and anonymous sources say the wall-mounted Echo will become a “digital command center”. Users will be able to view their upcoming activities, control devices such as smart lights or smart locks, and play music and videos. And, duh, it also included Alexa, microphones, and cameras. because this is Amazon. The company is also reported to be considering versions with 10 or 13 inch screens., and because Bloomberg sources say the device will be much thinner than current Echo devices.

If all goes well, it is estimated that Amazon plans to launch it either by the end of this year or in the coming days. 200-250 dollars.

While this is not exactly original, it is a fairly knowledgeable hardware migration from Amazon. You must have seen iPads or other tablets mounted on the wall in conference rooms outside the office and even in newer apartment buildings. Especially as more and more people adopt smart home appliances such as smart lights, thermostats, connected speakers, smart security cameras and smart locks, it’s a natural step to bring this into consumers’ homes.

However, we have some questions. For example, who stands in front of the control panel for video chats? It would make sense to have cameras if you buy the entire Ring nightmare so you can see who is outside of the Echo on the wall. But video calls with grandma? Makes you feel that the Echo Show will be more appropriate this. Another topic how easy would the installation beand what requirements may be required. Will you have to hire outside contractors? What about residents? A major problem with the smart home as a concept so far is that currently available devices largely favor homeowners. What will the link be? What happens if your wifi connection drops? (Please don’t tell us you will use Amazon Pavement.)

Of course it’s too early to say. The gadget is still in its early stages of development, and the end product – if it sees the light of day – can be very different, according to Bloomberg. If successful, however, it could lead to some interesting developments on the smart home front.

Technically speaking, this would not even be the first wall-mounted Echo device. This dubious honor Echo Wall ClockHowever, this thing was a battery-powered analog clock that lets you see how much time is left on your timers when most Echo devices don’t have displays. Compared to this device, this will be a big step forward. It’s just a matter of whether the added convenience will convince those who have not yet bought into the Echo ecosystem to fully embrace Amazon.