Amazon in its September hardware event 2019, announced a number of devices. Some of them are comes with Alexa enabled features. Amazon have live blogged the event but did not stream it. The event started with a brief presentation by Amazon’s senior vice president of devices, David Limp.
Dave Limp told CNBC’s Deirdre Bosa that Amazon does not look at its products as a profit centre, but as a long term way to keep customers in the Amazon ecosystem. Limp said “We try to price our products effectively at about what they cost to make. We think that’s very aligned with customers, we don’t make a lot of money on them, we don’t lose a lot of money on them, but what we try to do is then make money both for us and developers when customers use the products, not just when they buy them.”
Just like the previous year, the company made so many announcements that will make your head spin. Here, in this article, we will provide a glimpse of all the upcoming products that are discussed in the event.
Amazon Echo Dot
Amazon’s Echo Dot is going to feature a clock with an LED screen behind the speaker. It will not only display the time but also display the alarm and temperature. Amazon Echo Dot comes with a price tag of 60 US $ and it is now available for pre-order.
The pre-ordering begins today itself. According to Amazon, if the users want to use Echo Dot as an alarm clock ten they can tap to snooze it as well.
Amazon has introduced a new Amazon Echo which looks like the Echo Plus. Amazon itself said that this device is going to feature some audio features of Amazon Echo Plus. The audio features of Echo Plus that we are going to see in this new Amazon Echo device are neodymium drivers, 3-inch woofer, and increased volume for better bass and overall sound.
There is a new feature in this new Amazon Echo device called Alexa Guest Connect. Alexa Guest Connect allows users to remotely access their playlists on different Echo devices. Amazon Echo comes with a price tag of 100 US $ and can be pre-ordered from today onwards.
Amazon Echo Studio
In the event, Amazon promoted Echo Studio as “the most innovative speaker we’ve ever built”. It seems that Echo Studio is clearly intended to take on the Sonos One and Apple HomePod. Echo Studio supports Dolby Atmos. Moreover, the device can also be connected with 4K Fire TV devices.
Echo Studio is packed with three mid-range speakers and a 5.25 inches bass driver and bass port. In the event, Amazon said that in order to enjoy 3D audio, all you have to do is just plug the device in, and the device will calibrate the room. The Echo Studio is available for pre-order from today onwards and it comes with a price tag of 200 US $.
Amazon Echo Show 8
This Echo Show 8 is going to be a medium between the Echo Show 10 and the Echo Show 5. More or less, the Echo show 8 has the same camera shutter and design of that of Echo Show 5. As far as display is concerned, it packs an 8 inches HD display. If you are an iPad Echo Dot owner, you might know about the FreeTime feature.
This feature is integrated in the Echo Show 8. Amazon clarified that the FreeTime feature on Echo Show 8 will showcase kid-friendly videos and allow video calls that have been pre-approved by a guardian. It will also allow photo editing with stickers. It is tagged with a price tag of 130 US $ and it is available for pre-order now.
Amazon Echo Glow
Echo Glow is going to be a new device that joins Amazon’s Alexa enabled device family. It is a kid friendly product that can put on a cascading light show, flicker like a campfire, and set a sleep timer. Echo Glow is tagged with a price tag od 30 US $ and it is now available for pre-order from today onwards.
Amazon Smart Oven
Amazon Smart Oven is nothing but a smart tech for the kitchen. More specifically, it is a microwave convection oven fryer warmer hybrid that can be controlled with other Alexa enabled devices. Amazon Smart Oven can be pre-order now. It is tagged with a price tag of 250 US $.
Amazon Ring Stick Up Cam
Ring Stick Up Cam is a new entry to the Ring line of smart cameras. It is an indoor and outdoor device that features 1080p HD video, motion detection, and night vision. According to Amazon, Ring Stick Up Cam can run on a solar-powered accessory, plugged in, or on a battery. Ring Stick Up Cam is tagged with a price tag of 100 US $ and it is now available for pre-order.
Amazon Ring Indoor Cam
Ring Indoor Cam is another new entry to the Ring line of smart cameras. Ring Indoor Camera is a budget-friendly security device. Ring Indoor Cam can be purchased now. It comes with a price tag of 60 US $.
Amazon Echo Frames
Echo Frames is a smart glass. It does not have a camera or a display. These smart glasses are a part of Amazon’s Day One Editions initiative which the company bills as “a new way for us to get new products out in limited volume, to customers, and to get real feedback — and if customers love them, we will double down and build a lot more.”
It seems that just like the Amazon Echo Look or Amazon Echo Auto, Amazon Echo Frames are an invite-only release. This means all these will be rolled slowly and in a limited volume only. The Echo Frames is tagged with a price tag of 180 US $.
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Amazon Echo Loop
Echo Loop is an Alexa enabled smart ring that comes with two teeny, tiny microphones and a button for activating the wearable device. Amazon in its hardware event elaborated that when the ring is paired with the user’s phone, it will vibrate to let users know when Alexa is listening. I will also vibrate when a call or notification comes or pops.
Once again, this device is invite-only and not for everyone. Echo Loop is tagged with a price tag of 100 US $.
Amazon Echo Flex
Echo Flex is a speaker that is specially designed to be plugged into wall outlets.However, instead of for music, according to Amazon, it is intended for Alexa. It features forthcoming accessories like a hallway smart nightlight and Ring-linked motion sensor.
In addition, the Echo Flex comes with a USB charging port for charging other devices as well. Echo Flex is available for pre-order from today onwards and it is tagged with a price tag of 25 US $. Accessories of Echo Flex starts from 15 US $.
Amazon Echo Buds
This is Amazon’s first even wireless Echo Buds. The new Echo Buds offer a battery life of 20 hours with case and a battery life of 5 hours without cased. Echo Buds is tagged with a price tag of 130 US $. It should be noted that indeed, Amazon has priced Echo Buds much less than what Apple has for Airpods.
However, it is comparable with Samsung’s Galaxy Buds. Echo Buds are equipped with background noise cancellation setting through Bose’s Active Noise Reduction technology. Also, these Echo Buds are compatible with other voice services like Siri or Google Assistant. Echo Buds can be pre-ordered from today onwards. Amazon will start shipping the product in October.
Earlier this year, Amazon took over Eero, the Wi-Fi router company. Amazon disclosed an upcoming Eero device that will feature dual-band radio. It will be powered by TrueMesh technology Eero Secure and Eero Secure+ services will be made available as subscription add-ons.
Frankly, Amazon Eero comes with limited specs but it is worth noting that the price is made much cheaper. Eero is now ready for purchase in the U.S. at the rate of 100 US $ or in a 3 pack for 250 US $. Amazon said Amazon Eero will be released in Europe in November.
Amazon Ring Fetch
Ring Fetch is nothing but a smart tech for your puppy. The device can be clipped onto a dog collar. You will be able to track your dog and check whether your pet has left a certain area or not. Amazon disclosed that Ring Fetch is going to come only in 2020.
Amazon “Home mode”
In the hardware event, Amazon announced that Amazon will soon introduce a “Home mode” that prevents their devices from recording audio or video. It will also allow users to switch off the microphone or camera.
Other Alexa improvements by Amazon
Amazon is going to make a series of improvements on Alexa. The company revealed a new Alexa features “Doorbell Concierge”. Doorbell Concierge feature adds the voice assistant to Ring smart doorbells. This makes Alexa more conversational while interacting with people at a user’s front door.
Amazon introduced another Alexa feature that uses automatic intelligence to mimic celebrity voices. It comes at the cost of 99 cents. Users will be able to select the voice of a celebrity which will tell them the weather, to set alarms and so on. More or less, the voice will be used as a voice assistant! This feature is expected to roll out later this year.
Amazon also discussed about two new updates over Alexa Hunches that makes suggestions based on your daily behavior. One of the updates will allow Alexa to remind users regarding battery and printer cartridge while the other update brings Alexa Hunches to Alexa routines.
Along with this, Amazon will implement a new Alexa commands which let you delete your stored voice data. All you have to do is say “Alexa, delete everything I said today” and all your today’s stored voice data will get deleted.
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