Thanks. Some quick thoughts:

  • This is V1, so more features (sensors, cameras, etc) need to come later, once user acceptance has been achieved (remember that the first iPhone didn’t even allow you to install apps!)
  • Too much access feels icky and premature. The Echo/Alexa brand still needs to establish itself before going too blingy
  • Once again, this device is like a toaster: it needs to do one thing reliably well in order to earn its primacy in the home. Too many bells and whistles too soon dilutes the central message of this product, which is basically “buy one for everyone in your family and extended family to make easier, hands-free calls.”
  • Adding more cameras would complicate the processing on the device as well as increase the COGs. There may be an Echo Show Pro someday that does more stuff, but I imagine that’s where Amazon will let the ecosystem go up market and offer embedded Alexa on more specialized devices made by third parties.

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