Everything Amazon announced at its Alexa event today – TechSwitch

    As is now typical simply forward of the vacations, Amazon simply inundated us with an entire new lineup of {hardware} units, together with new Echo good audio system and screens, at its Alexa occasion at this time, plus different good residence and linked units from its manufacturers Ring and Eero. There have been additionally a slew of surprises, like Alexa earbuds, glasses, and a wise ring. And oh yeah, a brand new Alexa-powered oven, too.
    New Echos
    Headlining the occasion are Amazon’s newest updates to its Echo line of units.

    Echo Dot with Clock
    Not one for overly artistic names, Amazon has given its entry-level Echo, the Echo Dot, a nifty improve. The new Echo Dot with Clock now incorporates a digital alarm clock on the entrance, which might be dimmed when you favor, at instances. This LED show additionally permits the Dot to indicate the climate, when requested, or a countdown timer.

    The new Dot doesn’t substitute the unique, nevertheless. It’s only a $10 improve to $59 in order for you the additional characteristic.
    Echo Studio
    The Echo the audiophiles have been ready for. The new Echo Studio is Amazon’s response to Google’s Nest Max and Apple’s HomePod. The $199.99 gadget helps 3D audio and Dolby Atmos. It has 5 drivers, together with one downward-facing 5.25-inch woofer, a 1-inch, front-firing tweeter and three, 2-inch, mid-range audio system geared toward totally different instructions.

    And it has a 24-bit DAC and an influence amplifier with 100 kHz of bandwidth for high-res, lossless music playback — you realize, like what’s out there by way of the Amazon Music HD service.
    Echo Buds
    Surprise, Alexa involves your ear by way of Amazon’s personal $129 wi-fi earbuds. The Echo Buds embrace Bose’s Active Noise Reduction Technology and supply hands-free entry to Alexa, so you are able to do issues like play music, get instructions, order an Uber and extra. Later, you’ll additionally have the ability to examine Whole Foods stock as you store, too. (For those that nonetheless store…in an precise retailer).

    The Echo Buds provide 5 hours of music or 4 hours of name time and include a case that holds as much as 3 costs. And with a faucet, the Echo Buds can entry your cellphone’s different assistant, like Siri or Google Assistant.
    Echo Show 8
    The $129 Echo Show 8 is a smaller, 8-inch model of the 10-inch flagship mannequin of the Echo gadget with a display. It’s a bit larger than the Echo 5, which is extra of an alarm clock different, so is sensible for watching movies and putting voice calls…or dropping in on the youngsters. The gadget options an HD show and built-in digital camera shutter.

    The firm refreshed its current Echo speaker with higher sound and new colourful cloth covers (Twilight Blue, Charcoal, Heather Grey, and Sandstone), however stays the identical worth as earlier than at $99. In different phrases, there’s no must run out and purchase this Echo to exchange your outdated one, however when you have been available in the market already, the Echo you’ll get is barely higher.
    Echo Glow
    This enjoyable Alexa accent is mainly a nightlight for the youngsters that may change shade and flash to the music. But at $30, it’s a variety of money for a bit little bit of enjoyable. Let’s watch for the inevitable Kids Edition Dot + Glow bundle, lets?

    Echo Flex
    You can now deliver Echo to the lavatory with the brand new $25 Echo Flex gadget. (No actually, that is how Amazon had it arrange in its demo space.) The Flex plugs into any out there outlet and capabilities as a small good speaker. There’s no digital camera (whew) however it might probably reply to voice instructions, wish to provide the information and climate when you prepare for work, for instance. It can be upgraded with $14 equipment, together with a Smart Night Light or Motion Sensor. The Flex is $25.
    Echo Frames & Loop
    Amazon launched its beta, invite-only {hardware} units. One is a pair of $179.99 Alexa-enabled glasses that stick 4 micro audio system within the body for hands-free Alexa.

    The different is a $129.99 Alexa-enabled good ring with 2 microphones that places Alexa in your finger for fast questions or transient calls.

    Other Hardware
    New Eero mesh Wi-Fi router
    Amazon launched the subsequent technology of its Eero router, which now works higher with Alexa. The router helps you to do issues like shut off or pause the Wi-Fi with voice instructions — options that may later come to different routers from TP-Link, Asus, Linsky, and Arris by the use of an API. The router is $99, or out there in a three-pack for $249, and is offered within the U.S. at this time and in Europe later this yr.

    Amazon Smart Oven
    What’s an Amazon occasion with out a new Alexa-powered oven, proper? This time round, Amazon takes on the June Oven with a $250 mixture convection oven, microwave, air fryer, and meals hotter. Once paired with Echo, you possibly can ask Alexa to do issues like preheat the oven, begin or cease the cooking, and extra.
    New Ring Cams
    The Ring Stick Up Cam received a worth drop to $99 because the Ring Stick Up Cam Elite, $199, launches. Unlike the Stick Up Cam, the brand new digital camera might be powered over Ethernet. The Ring Indoor Cam is a wired-only cheaper model of the digital camera at $60.

    More Stuff
    Alexa will get Smarter and Weirder
    Amazon additionally took the time to say just a few upgrades to Alexa’s capabilities at this time.

    This features a multilingual mode the place Alexa will have the ability to now communicate each English and Spanish within the U.S.; French and English in Canada; and Hindi and English in India.
    A brand new Neural Text to Speech mannequin which can use machine studying to assist Alexa be extra “expressive.”
    Celebrity voices! Because who doesn’t need Alexa to sound like Samuel L. Jackson? No actually. The Jackson voice might be a 99-cent add-on to Echo units and extra celeb additions are within the works.
    Alexa is coming to GM, together with 2018 and newer Cadillac, Chevy, Buic and GMC automobiles
    Scan-to-Cook is an improve for Echo Show which helps you to scan a barcode to have the brand new Amazon Smart Oven put together the merchandise appropriate. The characteristic works with tons of of Whole Foods manufacturers, like 365 Everyday Value, plus Gardein, Marie Callender’s and extra.
    Certified for Humans is a brand new program that may spotlight easy-to-use good residence merchandise to shoppers looking Amazon. Easy is only one requirement, although. The different is “works with Alexa.”
    Alexa Guard will get up to date to hear for extra than simply breaking glass, smoke or carbon monoxide alarms. Now it can hear for human exercise too — like if footsteps, speaking, coughing, or a door closing, is detected whereas Guard is in Away mode.
    Alexa replenishment service, launching later this yr, will warn you when provides from good residence units are low — like batteries that want altering in a wise lock, or an air filter that’s prepared for a swap.
    New utterances: You’ll have the ability to ask Alexa, “tell me what you heard” and “why did you do that?”
    Alexa-powered Food Network Kitchen Service
    Customers love Alexa within the kitchen for watching recipe movies. So Amazon doubled down on this with its associate, Food Network, to supply each dwell and on-demand cooking lessons for Echo Show customers. The service launches in October, and whereas Alexa is the unique voice associate, it can even be supplied on telephones and tablets. Oh, and Bobby Flay is concerned.
    Amazon Sidewalk
    One of the extra attention-grabbing introductions at this time was Amazon Sidewalk, Amazon’s low-bandwidth, long-distance wi-fi protocol designed to attach all the IoT units round your own home and past — together with locations the place Bluetooth or Wi-Fi can’t attain. The community makes use of the free, over-the-air 900 megahertz spectrum, and will enable for issues like an Alexa-connected mailbox or lights for the yard, for instance.

    Ring Fetch
    The first product to benefit from Amazon Sidewalk was a linked canine tag that may warn you when your pooch exits a geofence you’ve established — just like the yard. The Ring Fetch launches subsequent yr.

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