It’s that time of year again when Amazon announces a lot of of new gadgets. Over the past few years, Amazon has introduced new Echo smart speakers and smart displays, a variety of smart home devices, wearables, drones, and even robots. We also got plenty of new gadgets this year, including the first Kindle with a stylus, a snazzy alarm clock, Amazon’s first QLED smart TV — and plenty of upgraded speakers.
Here’s what you need to know.
The Kindle Scribe is the first Kindle to work with a pen called the Scribe Pen that you can actually write on. It has a 10.2-inch E Ink display, and the notes you write are automatically saved (or linked) to the page of the book you’re reading. Amazon calls it the best Kindle they’ve ever made.
The Halo Rise is a new alarm clock that also comes with sensors for sleep tracking. It can track your breathing patterns, as well as room conditions like temperature, light levels, and humidity; You can then view your sleep stages and patterns in the Alexa app. The Halo Rise has a built-in clock and a light that gradually warms up, mimicking the sunrise and gradually waking you up. It lacks cameras or microphones, so it relies on the Alexa speaker you already own for voice commands. It will be available later this year.
Echo Studio (2nd Gen)
Amazon has announced an updated version of its best-sounding speaker, the Echo Studio. It has improved bass and sound and now comes in a new white colorway. It still costs $200, just like the original Echo Studio.
Echo Dot and Echo Dot with clock
Amazon has updated its two tiny smart speakers. Both have upgraded speakers, but they’ve also been integrated with new gesture controls – you can now tap the top of each speaker to do things like pause the music or snooze the alarm. The Echo Dot with Clock has a higher-resolution display that can show more information, such as B. the name of the song you are playing. And each speaker now acts as a Wi-Fi extender for an Eero mesh network.
Price: $50, $60 (with watch)
Echo Auto (2nd Gen)
Amazon has announced a new and slimmed down smart speaker for the car. The new Echo Audio has a more customized design, and you can now use it to call roadside assistance if your car breaks down. It connects to your car’s audio system via Bluetooth or a 3.5mm jack.
Fire TV Omni QLED series
Amazon has announced its highest-end Fire TVs yet. The new Omni series has 4K QLED panels (like many of Samsung’s QLED TVs) but is also designed to act as a digital picture/art frame when you’re not looking (just like The Frame by Samsung). Each of these Fire TV Omni televisions have built-in motion sensors, so they can turn into a digital work of art or even turn off when you leave the room.
Fire TV Cube (3rd Gen)
Amazon announced a new version of its Fire TV Cube, a device that combines an Amazon Echo speaker and Fire TV streaming dongle in one. The latest version has updated internals and is compatible with 4K TVs and can upscale content on your HDTV to make it look better. Perhaps most importantly, the Fire TV Cube adds an HDMI port that you can plug into your cable box and then use Alexa to change channels. (It’s also $20 more expensive than previous models).
Alexa Voice Remote Pro
The Alexa Voice Remote Pro is the company’s latest remote that works with Fire TVs and dongles. It has a new customizable button that you can program to quickly jump to one of your favorite channels or apps. It has new backlights that light up when it detects your hand nearby. And it supports a new Remote Finder feature that lets you use Alexa to find the remote if it gets stuck in the pillows on your couch.
Echo Show 15 with Fire TV
This isn’t technically a new product either, but Amazon has announced that it will be rolling out a major update to the Echo Show 15 (announced last year) that will allow it to essentially transform into a Fire TV. That means it’s even easier to watch your favorite shows on this smart display. This update will roll out over the coming months.
Ring Spotlight Cam Pro
This is Ring’s latest outdoor smart home camera, and most importantly, it uses a new radar sensor and 3D motion detection capability so it can more accurately track people and objects it’s capturing. The Ring Spotlight Cam Pro will be available in battery-powered and powered models. There will also be a solar powered model.
Blink Mini Pan Tilt
This is a new accessory that works with Amazon’s existing tiny smart home camera. It brings a new panning capability to the Blink Mini, giving you a 360-degree view of a room. You can control the camera through the Alexa app.
Flash a wired floodlight camera
This is Amazon’s first outdoor camera not powered by Ring. It had previously released a battery-powered option, but this new option has more powerful and brighter floodlights. Regarding availability, you can sign up on a waiting list and be notified when it’s ready.
Amazon hasn’t announced a new version of Astro, the small Alexa smart display that’s also a tiny robot with wheels that can follow you, but did announce two new skills that would be coming. First, it will have a new pet recognition feature that will allow it to identify your dog or cat and then send you photos and videos of what they’re doing. And second, Amazon gives it more security features; For example, you will be warned if you accidentally leave your front door open.
Eero PoE 6
Amazon has announced a high-performance version of its eero mesh Wi-Fi system designed for businesses. The Eero PoE 6 supports Wi-Fi 6, has an improved range (up to 2,000 square feet) and allows you to wirelessly connect up to 100 devices to your home’s Wi-Fi. In addition, Amazon announced the eero PoE Gateway, which is the first eero with 10 Gigabit Ethernet; it costs $650.
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