Amazon Developing New Hardware Products Including a 3D Smartphone and a Streaming Music Player

NewImageAmazon is developing a number of new hardware products to complement its Kindle line, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.

Amazon hopes to release the devices, which are being developed at an Amazon lab in Sunnyvale, California, in the coming months, but the WSJ is quick to note that some or all of them may be killed at the last minute for a variety of reasons.

One of the devices is a high-end smartphone featuring a screen that allows for 3-D images without glasses, these people said. Using retina-tracking technology, images on the smartphone would seem to float above the screen like a hologram and appear three-dimensional at all angles, they said. Users may be able to navigate through content using just their eyes, two of the people said.

Amazon is also reportedly working on an audio-only streaming music player, perhaps an iPod-like device with 3G and Wi-Fi built in for streaming music from Amazon's servers.

This device could make sense given the company's moves to beef up its digital music efforts. In recent months, Amazon has given customers free digital copies of all CDs ever purchased on Amazon.com and introduced a new "scan and match" service similar to iTunes Match.

Last month, it was reported that Amazon was developing a set-top box to stream video over the Internet via its Amazon Prime and Instant video services.

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AppleMark Avatar
145 months ago
Another "iPhone Killer" no doubt... :rolleyes:
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
camnchar Avatar
145 months ago
Clearly the above three posters have no idea on what Amazons business goals are.

Here's a hint: Money doesn't even come into it. Seriously, their focus isn't on increasing profits each year. It never has been and never will be. Read up on how Amazon's business operates and you'll understand.

Posts like these are more constructive when they come with a small summary of what the hell your point is.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rmwebs Avatar
145 months ago
Clearly the above three posters have no idea on what Amazons business goals are.

Here's a hint: Money doesn't even come into it. Seriously, their focus isn't on increasing profits each year. It never has been and never will be. Read up on how Amazon's business operates and you'll understand.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mono1980 Avatar
145 months ago
Wondering when Wall Street will finally punish Amazon for their lack of profits...
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nxent Avatar
145 months ago
am i the only one who doesn't care about a 3-d movies? or tv's? or phones? maybe i've lost touch, but i feel like this tech is endlessly being rammed down consumer's throats.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cclloyd Avatar
145 months ago
Go home amazon, you're drunk.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)