At a keynote event at it’s Seattle headquarters, Amazon announced several new devices and skills compatible with Echo and Alexa including:
- New Amazon Echo: A smart speaker the same audio as the Echo Plus in a fabric design now available in Twilight Blue.
- Echo Studio: A smart speaker that has 3D Dolby Atmos audio and works with Alexa.
- Echo Show 8: This device has an 8-inch screen plus the camera shutter of the Echo Show 5, available for pre-order for $129.99.
- Echo Glow: This Alexa-enabled smart lamp is intended for children, functioning as a nightlight with a Sleep Timer that dims plus a dance party with lights and music, available for pre-order at $29.99.
- Echo Dot with Clock: An Echo Dot with an LED clock display, which can also display the temperature or alarm times, available for pre-order for $59.99.
- New Alexa Hunches: Alexa will now have Hunches about things in your house that need replacing, from batteries to printer ink to air purifiers, as well as Hunches about Routines that you may want to create based on your day-to-day habits.
- Echo Flex: A small, plug-in device with a small speaker and USB charging port that works with Alexa available for pre-order for $24.99. It is meant to work with accessories like a motion sensor and a smart nightlight.
- New Stick Up Cam: An indoor/ outdoor, battery-operated, plug-in, or solar powered camera that’s available for pre-order for a reduced price of $99.99.
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- Ring Indoor Cam: A low-cost security camera available now for $59.99.
- Amazon Smart Oven: A microwave, convection oven, food warmer and air fryer that’s Alexa-compatible with dozens of presets and scan-to-cook technology.
- Ring Fetch: A dog tracker that lets you know if your dog leaves a certain area that will come out next year. This device uses Amazon Sidewalk, a secure network to use with IoT devices.
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- General Motors Alexa integration: An Alexa skill that will be available across Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC cars, both new cars and existing vehicles on the road.
- Echo Buds: Amazon’s version of AirPods, wireless headphones that work with Alexa.
- Echo Frames: Alexa-enabled glasses that look like regular prescription glasses but give the user Alexa access wherever and whenever.
- Echo Loop: An Alexa-enabled smart ring with two microphones that you can enable with a button tap in order to speak to Alexa whenever and wherever.
Aside from these new products and services, Amazon’s Senior Vice President of Devices Dave Limp also addressed the privacy of Devices and Services at the beginning of the key note. A live blog from Amazon written by Day One Staff said,
“Privacy cannot be an afterthought when it comes to the Devices and Services we offer our customers. It has to be foundational and built in from the beginning for every piece of hardware, software, and service that we create.”
The blog post says that Amazon is investing in privacy, with a camera shutter that electronically disconnects the camera on the Echo Show 5, Privacy Zones which prevent areas from being recorded or live streamed on Ring security cameras, and a toggle in the Ring— Always Home app to turn off audio recording. As Amazon has had many privacy issues in the past, like having their employees listen to Alexa recordings, it’s no surprise that they’ve addressed the issue head-on in their key note.