Amazon announces a load of new smart home devices during its hardware event, including new Echo smart speakers, smart plug, Echo Show, Echo Auto, and even a new microwave.
According to the company these new devices are meant to expand Alexa and its capabilities that have been growing in a rapid pace in the last four years.
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This is the second version of the device, and according to the company, it’s been completely redesigned, and the result is a more attractive device that is significantly louder and much clearer sound.
The new Echo Dot is expected to be available in multiple colors with a price tag of $49.99. You can preorder one today, and it’s expected to ship some point in October.
This is a new member of the Echo family. The Echo Input is just a microphone (technically a far-field microphone array) specifically designed to connect it to speakers you already own, which you can now control using Amazon Alexa.
The Echo Input has a small profile of just 12.5mm thick. Amazon didn’t say exactly when it’ll release, but it’ll to cost $34.99.
The new Echo Plus has been redesigned and sports a new fabric to give a more familiar look. The device also includes Amazon smart home hub to control smart gadgets and sensors around the house, and it offers improved sound and bass.
You can preorder the Echo Plus today, and it’s expected to be available in October. The price will continue to be $149.99.
In order to solve the lack of enough bass on smart speakers, Amazon is also announcing its new Echo Sub, which you can connect with any Echo, including the new Echo Plus for a richer sound experience while listening to music or anything else.
Amazon also revealed its second generation of the Echo Show. The device sports a larger 10-inch display, richer sound, and an eight-microphone array to improve your conversation with Alexa.
Similar to the Echo Plus, the Show also works as a smart home hub to control smart gadgets and sensors around the house.
In addition, Amazon is including a web browser and the Skype app to do video calls directly from the Echo Show.
You can preorder the Echo Show today, it’s expected to ship in October, and it’ll to cost $229.99.
Echo Wall Clock
The new Echo Wall Clock as the name implies it’s a wall clock.
However, it connects to your Echo using Bluetooth, and you can ask Alexa to set alarms, timers, and adjust the time.
Echo Link and Echo Amp Link
The Echo Link connects to a receiver or amplifier, and it allows you to control music, volume, and multi-room playback using the speakers using Alexa.
The Echo Amp Link has been designed to add a 60W 2-channel amplifier to your setup.
This is also a new member of the Echo family. The Echo Auto is a portable device without a display that features eight microphones, and connects Alexa through your mobile device and output over the speakers of your car.
Amazon Echo Auto will available with an invite for $24.99, and then, it’ll be available for everyone for $49.99.
Fire TV Recast
In addition to streaming videos from many services and interact with Alexa, the new Fire TV Recast adds a TV tuner to provide over-the-air (OTA) channels and DVR feature to record your favorite shows.
There’s a two-tuner model that allows you to record two shows simultaneously and it features a 500GB capacity for DVR content. This model cost $229.99. Amazon is even planning to release a 1TB of storage model, but no word on when it’ll be available.
Amazon Smart Plug
This is a plug that connect into your wall electrical outlet and anything you connect to the Amazon Smart Plug can be controlled (on or off) using Alexa.
You can preorder the Amazon Smart Plug today, it’ll ship in October, and it’s expected to cost $24.99.
As part of the AmazonBasics brand, the company is introducing a new microwave equipped with a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE kit that allows the device to connect to Amazon-managed cloud services. However, the microwave doesn’t feature a microphone, instead it connects to your Echo using Bluetooth.
Although you can’t access the internet to check your emails while warming up a meal, you can ask Alexa to set different cooking presets.
The AmazonBasics microwave will cost $59.99, and you can preorder one today.
Amazon’s Alexa Guard is a new device designed to help with home security. It’s a gadget that integrates with any Echo, smart lights, and security providers.
When you’re leaving your home, you activate the system saying “Alexa: I’m leaving.” Then Alexa Guard will take over, and it’ll keep inform with alerts with video clips of anything it detects.
The Guard also includes the Away Lighting feature, which uses Amazon machine learning to turn on or off the lights inside the home in a natural pattern to reduce the changes of break-ins.
Ring Stick Up Cam
This is a new Ring security device that will be available in wired and battery-powered versions. According to Amazon, the camera can be used indoors and outdoors, and they are compatible with the Ring Alarm.
And both models offer night vision, motion detection, Full HD video, and IPX5 water resistance.
The Ring Stick Up Cam will cost $179.99, and it’s expected to arrive in December.