Released: March 01, 2021
Amazon’s new rotating, follow-you camera is useful—and invasive
Source: Geoffrey A. Fowler, Washington Post (Paid Registration)
The covid-19 Zoom boom has turned us into camera operators. Making sure everyone’s face can be seen in the videoconference is a daily struggle. Along comes Amazon’s new Echo Show 10, a countertop camera and computer that tries to follow you. Spinning in a motorized circle, it does its best to track your body so you’re always in the shot—and in view of its 10.1-inch screen.
Since it’s both passively listening and watching, the Echo Show needs a more thoughtful approach to privacy. One of its new commands is, literally, “Alexa, stop following me.” And Amazon added an opt-in surveillance function to the device that, at least for me, crosses the line from innovative to invasive.
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