Amazon hosted its annual fall hardware event on Tuesday. It’s a shame the company didn’t broadcast the proceedings to the public because there were so many announcements. We’ve seen everything from new Echo devices to an Alexa-powered robot. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything the company announced today.
In an event crammed with quirky products, Amazon saved the most unusual for last. In Astro, the company created an Alexa-powered robot that can roam around your home. It has three main functions. It can provide home security, record loved ones and pets, and offer Alexa functionality on the go. When it becomes available later this year, Astro will retail for $ 999.99 before increasing to $ 1,449.99 at a later date.
Echo show 15
Amazon is adding yet another model to its Echo Show family. Its latest addition includes a 15.6-inch 1080p display that the company plans to mount on the wall in spaces like the kitchen in your home. New to the Echo Show 15 is a redesigned home screen that emphasizes Alexa widgets. The smart display also has a camera and a new feature that will adjust the home screen content to suit you when the device recognizes your face. Sales of the Echo Show 15 at $ 250 will begin later this year.
Amazon has made two major announcements regarding its Halo fitness product. First, the company introduced its new Halo View fitness band. In short, Amazon essentially added an AMOLED color display to its portable Halo and made the resulting device less expensive. It doesn’t come with the tone-sensing microphone that made the company’s first foray into fitness clothing so controversial, but what it can do is track your heart rate, body temperature. skin, steps and more. Halo View is not yet available for purchase, but it will cost $ 80 when it becomes available.
Aside from the new hardware, the company announced Halo Fitness and Halo Nutrition, two new features that will be included in its $ 80 annual Halo subscription. The former is an alternative to Apple Fitness + and other similar services. The latter, meanwhile, includes personalized recipes and meal planning. Halo Fitness will roll out later this year, while Halo Nutrition will arrive in early 2022.
Ring and flash
Amazon’s Ring and Blink home security subsidiaries had an entire segment dedicated to their products. Highlights in this section include Ring Alarm Pro, a security system that includes Eero Mesh WiFi integration, and Blink’s new $ 50 video doorbell. Ring also announced that it was starting to accept registrations to test its Always Home Cam safety drone, which it first announced around the same time last year.
The price of the second most quirky device that Amazon announced at its annual event goes to Glow. It’s a conference call screen the company has designed for kids. Glow includes a projector that can create a 19-inch touchscreen play space for all of the games and activities included with the device. Glow will retail for $ 249.99 when it goes on sale in the next few weeks, but Amazon said it was only an introductory price.
Amazon wouldn’t be Amazon if the company didn’t try to create more affordable versions of some of the top-selling products in its market. So it’s no surprise that he announced an Alexa-enabled smart thermostat that costs just $ 60.
Outside of the new hardware, Tuesday’s event saw the company announce various updates for its Alexa. In short, the company worked with Disney to create a voice assistant that will be available on Echo devices and hotel rooms at Walt Disney World Resort. It also introduced a feature called Alexa Together that turns an Echo speaker or smart display into an emergency assistive device for your family members. Finally, the company is adding offline voice support for Alexa devices.
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