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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, Amazon Echo Spots are displayed during a program announcing several new Amazon products by the c...
In this Dec. 9, 2017, photo, Sharonda Dozier, of Detroit, poses for a photo at Fairlane Town Center in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Mich. Dozier's ...
FILE - In this  Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, Google's Rishi Chandra speaks about the Google Home Max speaker at a Google event in San Francisc...
FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, file photo, Maxime Veron, head of product marketing for Nest Labs, talks about the features of the Nest Secu...
FILE - This July 25, 2017, file frame grab from video shows the Nest Cam IQ camera. As people get voice-activated speakers and online security cameras...
FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, David Limp, senior vice president of Devices and Services at Amazon, displays a new Echo, left, ...
FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, Amazon Echo and Echo Plus devices, behind, sit near illuminated Echo Button devices during an ev...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, Amazon Echo Spots are displayed during a program announcing several new Amazon products by the c...

In this Dec. 9, 2017, photo, Sharonda Dozier, of Detroit, poses for a photo at Fairlane Town Center in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Mich. Dozier's ...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, Google's Rishi Chandra speaks about the Google Home Max speaker at a Google event in San Francisc...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, file photo, Maxime Veron, head of product marketing for Nest Labs, talks about the features of the Nest Secu...

FILE - This July 25, 2017, file frame grab from video shows the Nest Cam IQ camera. As people get voice-activated speakers and online security cameras...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, David Limp, senior vice president of Devices and Services at Amazon, displays a new Echo, left, ...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, Amazon Echo and Echo Plus devices, behind, sit near illuminated Echo Button devices during an ev...

NEW YORK (AP) — Internet-connected lights, locks and laundry machines are close to becoming everyday household items. Voice-activated speakers such as Amazon's Echo and Google Home are a big part of the reason.

The Echo's Alexa and Google's assistant can take voice commands to play your favorite music or check the weather. The more people use such speakers, the more things they want them to do.

Market researchers say that often leads them to other smart gadgets for the home.

Buying one — say, a remote-control plug for a light — makes it easier for people to buy more. People then tell friends and neighbors, or buy some as gifts.

Questions remain over security and privacy of these devices. But analysts say the bigger hurdles are cost and awareness.


Updated : 2021-08-01 06:33 GMT+08:00