Amazon may be expanding its hardware plans beyond tablets, TV set-top boxes and smartphones. According to a new Reuters report, the company is testing a prototype of a connected home device and is also interested in wearable technology.
Reuters, which based its report on a recent government document and its own unnamed sources, claims Amazon is testing a device with a button that could be put in a kitchen or a closet. Pushing the button will allow the user to automatically order items like detergent from Amazon with the help of a Wi-Fi Internet connection. Amazon is also interested in creating wearable devices, but the story's sources also say that these hardware prototypes may never be released.
The story also says that Amazon is expanding its Lab126 division, which develops its hardware products, in Sunnyvale and Cupertino, California. According to Reuters, it will invest $55 million in the division and increase its work force at Lab126 to 3,757 employees by 2019, according to an agreement with the California government that will offer Amazon $1.2 million in tax breaks.
What do you think about Amazon possibly entering the smart home and wearable device market?