The most curious thing about the Amazon Echo, the project was developed almost experimentally to see what could be done with the technology, and although Amazon certainly hoped to find a niche audience, the massive success of the Echo was something that nobody really saw coming.
Word on the street is that a suite of smart home products is currently under development under the codename Flintstone, which seems to call to mind the living, sentient quality of the accessories that festooned the abode of everyone’s favorite Bedrock residents in the classic animated show. The products down the pipe seem to include an advanced security system, an improved central hub, and Bluetooth tags that would allow the home to keep track of the location of inhabitants so as to better accommodate their needs.
Although we can expect the device to integrate with Nest tech, the project is so beneath the radar that when Nest offered to be a part of the project, Google politely turned them down, indicating that they would prefer to keep the development of the device totally internal. It’s possible that this device might not even see the light of day, but stay tuned to Techie Front and we’ll keep you up to date on everything we know as it arrives.