Amazon hosted a massive hardware event this week, announcing a cavalcade of new Alexa and IoT enabled devices. Make no mistake: Amazon wants to find one way or another in your home or pocket. But there is also something to be excited about, especially as Amazon prices often undercut such competition.
Let's deal with this then, starting with the countless Alexa-compatible devices in the Echo family.
Echo Studio is Amazon's challenger to Apple's Sonos and HomePod likes. We wrote about it in detail, but it promises serious audio interruptions and is the first intelligent speaker to support 3D audio, including Dolby Atmos.
Price: $ 199.99
When: Pre-order here, it launches on November 7th. Echoes of the bud
With long rumors, Amazon is finally getting into the real game of wireless headsets. They promise high quality sound with dual balanced driver fixtures, and Amazon has made the smart choice of Bose Noise Reduction Licensing Technology. An ambient sound mode is also available to inform your surroundings and your buds are sweat resistant.
Battery life was estimated to be five hours per session, with three more charges being provided per case, a total of 20 hours. As a pleasant surprise, Amazon doesn't limit you to Alex; Google Assistant and Siri will also work. They look seriously overwhelming at just $ 130. Read more here.
Price: $ 129.99
When: Pre-order here, it will launch on October 30th.
Yes, Amazon makes smart glasses, but no, they don't emit holographic images to your eyes; it's just an audio affair. Therefore, they are relatively full compared to AR glasses and can promise a "full day" of battery life.
Essentially, they work as an audio smart watch, reading your alerts and letting you ask Alexa questions. They even support optional access to Google Assistant. But microphones can also be turned off when you want extra privacy. Read more here.
Price: $ 179.99
When: Part of Amazon's new Day 1 Edition pilot program. Available only through an invitation you can request here.
Another product from the First Day Edition, Echo Loop also works as something like a tiny clock just for audio. Click on the action button and you can ask Alexa for the weather or booking information for your dinner. You can even make short phone calls from this thing by holding your hand to your ear, which sounds awkward and, admittedly, pretty futuristic.
As a common theme in new wearables by Amazon, Echo Loop also supports Siri or Google Assistant. Read more here.
Price: $ 129.99
When: Also by invitation only; register here.
Echo Dot 3rd Gen (AKA Echo Dot Clock)
It turns out that many people ask their time for Echo Dot, so Amazon figured out why they just didn't put a clock in? The display can be set to display alarms, timers, or temperatures.
Price: $ 59.99
When: Pre-order here, it will ship on October 16th.
As with most home gadgets, smart speakers need to be switched on by drawing wire over your beautiful furniture. Boo. The solution? Have an intelligent speaker that plugs directly into the socket. The Echo Flex works basically like any other Echo, but at a super cheap price of $ 30 (and probably not great sound quality). It also comes with a built-in USB port, so that's nice.
Price: $ 24.99
When: Pre-order here, it will ship on November 14th.
Ohhhh, shiny. It's a little strange that this gadget falls into the Echo family, provided there is no microphone or speaker on board. Instead, you can control it through another Alexa-toning device, setting different colors for reminders, or doing a light dance along with your music. There is even a Rainbow Timer to help children continue to sleep, order, and more. Claimed
Price: $ 29.99
When: Pre-order now, it ships on November 20th.
Echo Show 8
This is a bigger Echo show! It has a slice of 8-inch screen that, you know, is larger than 5 inches.
Price: $ 129.99
When: Pre-order here, it ships on November 21st.
Echo Speaker Gene 3
The latest Echo has better Dolby-powered sound, though it's not an Atmos speaker like Studio because duh.
Price: $ 99.99
When: Pre-order here, available October 16th.
Well, that's enough Echo devices. Amazon also had some other gadgets:
Smart Amazon oven
The first Amazon to have a microwave oven working with Alexa. Amazon now has a combi oven with a convection microwave-air-fryer. There are no microphones on board, but it can be controlled by your other voice devices. You can even scan your packaged foods with Alexa and the oven will set the right time. Jack Will be proud of himself.
Price: $ 249.99
When: Pre-order here, available November 14.
Amazon has announced a new wireless long-distance wireless protocol called "Sidewalk". Operating on the 900 MHz spectrum, it is designed for low-speed transmissions on things like IoT devices, reaching as long as you are away. Ring retrieval is one of the first devices to use the technology. This is a basic tracking device that allows you to make sure your puppy is still within a certain radius.
When: Sometime next year
Amazon has announced the first new Eero since it bought the company. Unsurprisingly, it comes with a deeper integration of Alexa. A network router allows you to connect multiple routers to provide strong coverage throughout your home, and Amazon promises that setup will take less than 10 minutes.
Price: $ 99 for one, or $ 249 for three  When: Available now
Ring Ring Camera
The new Ring Stick Stick Cam is basically the same as last year's model, featuring 1080P streams and motion detection. Also available in battery version. The difference? It's cheaper.
Price: $ 99
When: Pre-order today, available October 23
Ring Stick Up Cam Elite
Same as above, but with Ethernet for a rock-solid connection.
Price: $ 199
Indoor ring camera
Like a Stick Up Cam, but smaller, less expensive and weatherproof. It should also be plugged into a socket and not come in a battery powered version.
Price: $ 59.99
Ring Modernization Alarm Kit
Allows you to plug your old alarm system into the network on the Ring. The Best of Both Worlds
Price: $ 199
Phew. Did I understand all this? For more information on the new devices, check out the Alexa Alexa hub page here.
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Posted September 27, 2019 – 03:13 UTC