Amazon Announces New Alexa Products

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.
Echo Dot with Clock
Echo Dot with Clock. Photo provided by Amazon.
  • 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.

Related: Ring Stick Up Cam Wired Review

  • 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.

Related: The Best Pet Cameras of 2019

  • 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.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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