Amazon introduced 8 new Echo devices, and the company made its debut into wearable technology. The list includes the Echo Buds, Echo Studio, Echo Show 8, Echo Frames, Echo Dot with Clock, Echo Glow, a Ring Indoor Cam, an Echo Loop ring, Echo Flex, and an Alexa Smart Oven. The new line also includes updates to eero routers, Ring cams, and the Echo Dots.
All of these devices incorporate Alexa, Amazon’s voice-controlled helper that can do everything from telling you the weather to turning on your lights, and order you more shampoo. Starting with the updates, the new Amazon Echo now features an updated fabric design and offers even better sound than before. Even with the new updates, the upgraded Echo still only costs $99. You can choose between Twilight Blue, Charcoal, Heather Grey, and Sandstone. You can find the newer Echo Speaker right here on Amazon.
Amazon also improved the cheaper Echo Dot, and introduced The Echo Dot with LED clock display. Now you can use it as both an Echo and a clock on your nightstand. That model costs $59, but if you rather have a nightlight for the little ones instead of a clock, the Echo Glow costs $29. The LED display on the Echo Clock model automatically adjusts based on the brightness of the room, so you can easily see the time or ask to see the temperature outside, as well as set a morning alarm or pasta timer. Plus, you can tap the top of the device to snooze an alarm. You can find the Echo Dot with Clock right here on Amazon, and the Echo Glow right here on Amazon.
Amazon also introduced an updated Echo Show, now called the Echo Show 8, which features an 8-inch display and improved sound. The new model has a built-in camera shutter and costs $129. Thanks to a new integration with Food Network, you can watch episodes of cooking shows from Bobby Flay, Giada de Laurentiis, and more—and when you see a recipe you like, all you have to do is ask Alexa to save the recipe to view it later. Food Network Kitchen subscribers will also be able to take live and on-demand cooking classes from Food Network chefs, get step-by-step cooking instructions, and have access to tens of thousands of recipes. You can find the Echo Show 8 right here on Amazon.
The Echo Flex is a new way to add Alexa to any space in your home. The device is a plug-in smart speaker that is wireless and only costs $24. The Echo Flex plugs directly into a standard electrical outlet, making it perfect for those places in your home where cords can be a hassle like a hallway, garage, or bathroom. The Echo Flex also has a built-in USB port so you can easily charge your phone or add an optional accessory, like a Smart Night Light or Motion Sensor, all while using only one outlet. You can find the Echo Flex right here on Amazon.
If you want a premium Echo experience, The Echo Studio offers five directional speakers with a built-in smart home hub, and it costs $199. Its 5.25-inch woofer and 330W of peak power produce deep, rich bass by using the bass port at the bottom to maximize airflow and bass output from the woofer. Echo Studio has a 1-inch tweeter and three 2-inch midrange speakers delivering dynamic midranges and crisp, high frequencies. Plus, it has a 24-bit DAC and a power amplifier with 100 kHz of bandwidth for high-res, lossless music playback, available via Amazon Music HD. Echo Studio also automatically senses the acoustics of your space and fine-tunes audio playback to deliver optimal sound—no matter where you put the device in the room. Echo Studio is the first smart speaker to deliver an immersive three-dimensional (3D) audio experience using Dolby Atmos and Sony’s 360 Reality Audio. One or two Echo Studio devices can be paired with select Fire TV devices for audio playback with multi-channel sound and support for Dolby Atmos, Dolby Audio 5.1, and stereo audio. Echo Studio also has a built-in Zigbee smart home hub which can be used to control compatible smart home devices. You can find the Echo Studio right here on Amazon.
The Echo Buds are Amazon’s new wireless earbuds, and they feature Bose Active Noise Reduction Technology and hands-free access to Alexa for $129. According to Amazon, each earbud has two outer microphones and one inner microphone that work together to reduce ambient noise and allows Alexa to hear you better. All you have to do is ask to hear your favorite playlist, find the nearest coffee shop, or order an Uber. Coming later this year, ask Alexa if Whole Foods Market has what you want and she will tell you if it’s in-stock and which department and aisle to find it in. The device has two premium, balanced armature drivers in each earbud. With Bose Active Noise Reduction Technology, you can choose to minimize the noise around you, or allow it to passthrough. Just double tap either earbud to turn Passthrough Mode on to hear the world around you better, or again to activate the Noise Reduction Technology. The Echo Buds come with three different sized ear tips and wing tips for a secure fit, and each earbud is IPX4-rated to withstand splashes, sweat, or light rain. With one full charge, Echo Buds have up to five hours of music playback or four hours of call time. The included charging case holds up to three additional charges—15 hours of music playback or 12 hours of call time. Echo Buds connect to Alexa through the Alexa app on your mobile device and use your existing device’s data plan to access a range of features such as music, navigation, calling, and more. You can also tap and hold your Echo Buds to access your phone’s native voice services—Siri or Google Assistant. You can find the Echo Buds right here on Amazon.
The other two big wearables are the Echo Frames, which offer hands-free access to Alexa for $179, and the Echo Loop, a smart ring that offers Alexa on-the-go for $129. Both are available by invitation, and you have to sign up first. The Echo Frames are prescription-ready glasses that offer hands-free access to Alexa. You can use them to make phone calls, set a reminder, add to-do things to your list, listen to podcast, or control compatible smart home devices. Echo Frames have a VIP Filter, which allows you to select and hear only the phone notifications that matter most, while filtering out the rest. When an alert comes through, simply swipe on the temple to listen. Echo Frames have no camera or display and are made from durable and lightweight materials for all-day wear. The frames have four beamforming micro speakers that use Amazon open-ear audio technology to direct sound towards your ears, while minimizing the sound heard by those around you. In addition to Alexa, you can also use Echo Frames to access Google Assistant; simply long press on the temple. These are only compatible with Android phones. The Echo Loop allows you to simply click the action button to ask Alexa questions, or give commands. Echo Loop can also be used for short phone calls; just set a top contact and double click the action button to give them a call. When done speaking to Alexa, or the person on the other end of the call, hold Echo Loop up to your ear to hear your phone call or Alexa’s response. The Echo Loop has two microphones, and the smallest speaker ever on an Echo device. There are haptic responses to alert you when you receive notifications or an incoming call, or to signal the button has been pressed, and Alexa is streaming your request to the cloud. Echo Loop can last for an entire day of use with one charge, and the included charging cradle recharges it completely in 90 minutes. Echo Loop is scratch-resistant and water-resistant—meaning it can handle hand-washing and splashing. It also connects to Alexa through the Alexa app on your smartphone and uses your existing device’s data plan. To access your phone’s native voice services—Siri or Google Assistant—press and hold the action button for one second. Echo Loop will be available in a black titanium finish. It comes in a limited range of sizes—S, M, L, and XL—and will be available in limited quantities. You can find more information on the Echo Loop right here on Amazon.
“We love hearing feedback from customers about how they use Alexa throughout their day—whether that’s listening to music, dropping in on a loved one, trying out a new recipe, or playing a game with the family,” said Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “We hope these new Echo devices will give customers even more ways to access Alexa—whether that’s through the best-sounding Echo device yet—Echo Studio, a reimagined Echo and Echo Dot, new designs like Echo Show 8 and Echo Flex, or new experiences for Alexa on-the-go with earbuds, glasses, and a ring.”
The all-new eero mesh WiFi system offers simple, reliable WiFi for streaming, gaming, and working from home—all for just $99. You can even buy three for $249 to blanket your home in better WiFi. A single eero plugs directly in to your modem, while additional eero devices extend your network’s range wirelessly or via Ethernet connections.
“Our mission at eero is to make the technology in homes just work,” said Nick Weaver, Co-Founder and CEO of eero. “With the new, more affordable eero and expansion to Europe, we are advancing that mission so even more customers can experience the magic of simple, reliable WiFi at home.”
Setting up the eero is pretty painless. Using the in-app instructions, simply unplug your old router, plug in your eero, sign in to the app, and you’re ready to go—no expertise required. You can also use the eero app to manage your network, pause the internet, share your network with friends or guests, and more. A three-pack of the all-new eero should cover up to 5,000 square feet, but you can also choose to mix and match with eero Pro and eero Beacon to create a custom system that’s just right for your unique home. All devices utilize TrueMesh technology to intelligently route traffic to avoid congestion, buffering, and drop-offs. You can find the erro router system right here on Amazon.
Amazon is also making the smart home simpler with Certified for Humans, a new program that helps customers find products that are tested to be simple to setup and work dependably with Alexa, and new devices like the Amazon Smart Oven that make cooking easier. New Alexa Guard capabilities help customers keep their home safe, and new features like WiFi access and easy reordering of household supplies with Alexa make homes even smarter and more convenient.
“Customers want their smart home technology to make everyday tasks easier, but not at the expense of spending their whole weekend, or hiring an expert, just to get everything setup,” said Daniel Rausch, Amazon Vice President, Smart Home. “We think customers will be delighted with what we have coming this fall—more ways to find smart home devices they can set up in minutes, new Alexa features that take the stress out of being away from home, and new products that help families enjoy great meals together or just have a little fun.”
Every device that carries the Certified for Humans badge offers Frustration Free Setup, which cuts down on the number of steps needed to connect to Alexa. In many cases, it’s as easy as plugging it in. Certified for Humans devices are tested against over a dozen requirements to help ensure they offer a dependable Alexa experience; no more waiting around for software updates or unresponsive devices. Customers can find the Certified for Humans badge on select smart home devices starting this fall from brands including Amazon, Philips Hue, Hamilton Beach, Kasa Smart by TP-Link, and more.
The Amazon Smart Oven is a combination convection oven, microwave, air fryer and food warmer. When paired with an Echo, customers can ask Alexa to preheat the oven, start or stop cooking, and be notified when the oven is preheated. The Amazon Smart Oven supports 30 cooking presets and comes with a temperature probe. Customers can also use the convenient scan-to-cook feature to make a great meal, every time. Using the Alexa app or, in the future, a compatible Echo Show device, customers can simply scan the barcode on packaged foods and the Amazon Smart Oven will cook them just right. Scan-to-cook will work with hundreds of packaged foods from brands including Whole Foods Market, 365 Everyday Value, Gardein, Marie Callender’s, and more. You can find the Amazon Smart Oven right here on Amazon.
With Alexa Guard, customers can keep their home safe when they’re away. When you set Guard to Away mode, if an Echo device detects the sound of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, or glass breaking, Alexa can send you Smart Alerts, via notifications to your phone. Starting this fall, Guard will begin supporting a new Smart Alert that can notify customers if the sound of activity like footsteps, talking, coughing, or a door closing, is detected while Guard is in Away mode. Customers can also create Alexa Routines that include Guard to provide even more peace of mind and convenience: set Guard to Away mode, lock the back door, and turn on the porch light with a simple phrase like “Alexa, I’m headed out.” And, Amazon will add additional support for Guard integrations with home security systems from Abode and Scout Alarm.
Amazon also introduced the first indoor Ring Cam, which offers HD Security, two-way talk, and Alexa support. You will be able to see and speak to people and pets from your mobile devices or select Echo Devices. The device connects by plugging into a standard outlet and connecting to Wi-Fi. The camera is shipping for $59, and you can buy up to a pack of four. You can find the Ring Indoor cam right here on Amazon.
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