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Amazon unveils reved Echo line-up, multi-room audio, new Ring cam, much more

This afternoon, Amazon took the stage at its headquarters in Seattle to unveil a whole new set of hardware. Amazon uses the new Spheres location for the first time in this regard. Today's event includes a renewed line-up of Echo speakers along with new car accessories and more. See below for more information.

Updates and new echo functions

Dave Limp, vice president of Kindle, was the first to take the stage and detailed how Alexa has grown in both smarts and opinions over the past year. Alexa not only has access to more skills than ever before, but it is also becoming more aware of its environment. For exle, Echo speakers can now detect whispering when you try to put a child to sleep. The voice assistant responds to the same sound level in an attempt not to disturb the family.

The Alexa team has primarily focused on the new follow-up mode, which aims to make interactions "more conversational versus transactional". This also includes a reorientation on accessibility. Tap-to-Alexa allows users to call the device with a tap or touch of nearby services, a nice accessibility feature on Echo Show that will come to other devices.

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The Alexa skill library has now exceeded the 50,000 barrier, "with more every day." Amazon also addresses the ease with which users can enable new skills that address a problem that many Alexa owners have (including myself). The current system was at best awkward and an area that Amazon needs to improve.

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New echo devices

Leading for today is a brand new Echo Dot smart speaker. As previously reported, it will arrive in October with a fabric-wrapped design for $ 50. Pre-orders are available today. Amazon takes away the ic plastic hockey puck design for a much more attractive enclosure that is in line with what we've seen from Google Home Mini.

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A second Echo Dot will also be on the scene next month with a smaller design. The Echo Input will sell for it $ 35 and will miss a built-in speaker. It is just a way to connect multiple systems and add Alexa on the way. This device comes with a new SDK that brings sound for multiple rooms to every loudspeaker manufacturer.

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Echo Sub will also be unveiled today with these multiroom options. This move, inspired by SONOS, provides a competitor for all major brands, including HomePod and Google Home. Echo Sub sells for $ 129.99 and he has the same design in dust cover. It will work with the new Echo Link and Echo Link, which are microphone-free accessories made to bring every speaker system into the Echo multi-room audio family. Echo Link sells for $ 199.99 while the powerful version, Echo Link, will sell for it $ 299.99. is ready to ship in 2019.

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A renewed Echo Plus is also being unveiled today with a new fabric-wrapped design and an integrated thermostat sensor. This is a sensible move from Amazon, as very few smart home hubs have this type of integrated technology, except the Ecobee4 thermostat. Echo Plus is designed to be the ultimate center of your smart home, made to handle just about anything. Amazon is also working on unpacking Local Voice Control, which allows users to use Alexa skills even when the power fails. It also retains the previous Zigbee hub status. Echo Plus sells for $ 149.99.

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The next is the Echo Wall Clock, an old school analogue timepiece with integrated Alexa skills. Yes, Amazon goes all-in for every aspect of your home. However, Wall Clock does not contain an integrated loudspeaker. It is just another microphone in your home that works in combination with existing Echo devices. It is LED backlighting and automatically adjusts to changes in the time zone. It will sell for it $ 30 and ship later this year.

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The Echo Show of the second generation will receive a completely new design this year. This includes a new bass radiator design with real-time Dolby processing that Amazon says "sounds great." The big news here is the gigantic screen that covers the entire device. If you've followed our coverage of the latest Google displays, this design will surely be familiar to you. Echo Show has the same smart home functions as Echo Plus, including a built-in Zigbee hub. It will sell for the same $ 230 price tag and ship next month.

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The new Echo Show from Amazon will work with a new add-on called Fire TV Recast, with which live TV can be streamed to your device. It will work with multiple streams and record 2-4 shows simultaneously. This has the potential to be a complete game changer for cords. It also includes a handy feature that allows you to find the strongest antenna location in your home. Fire TV rescheduling will sell for $ 229 and send before the holiday.

Amazon Smart Plug

Today, Amazon & # 39; Amazon Smart Plug & # 39; announced. Available for pre-order today $ 25this smart home accessory will surely collide with the hundreds of offers that are already available at Amazon. The price tag of $ 25 interrupts the incumbents of WeMo and TP-Link. The question is, will Amazon ban those alternatives from its online store? Time will tell. But with Amazon everything goes on smart house control with the Echo Plus, the smart plug is a great addition. A nice feature is that the Smart Plug also functions as a bedroom lamp, which can be activated with your voice and Echo speaker. Amazon Smart Plug is available for pre-order today and will be sent next month.

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Alexa Hunches

A new feature called Alexa Hunches is a predictive AI system that will recommend certain actions based on the time of day or your own commands. Because when you & # 39; goodnight Alexa & # 39; says, a series of events can take place automatically, such as switching off the lights or adjusting the thermostat. Alexa will also recommend certain actions if you have not set it up in advance, such as locking the door. This new predictive AI will certainly have some bumps along the way, but promises to take Alexa to the next level.

Alexa Microwave

Well, the leaks were right. Amazon has revealed Alexa Microwave. According to Amazon, the interface of the kitchen necessity has been stalled for a while in the years & # 39; 70. The new AmazonBasics microwave comes with built-in Dash Replenishment and is of course voice-controlled. It will sell for it $ 60 and is scheduled to ship next month.

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New Ring Camera and API

After Amazon bought Ring last year, it seemed only a matter of time before a renewed lineup of devices would be announced. That day is today. Ring Stick Up Cam sells for $ 180 and will be available later this year. The security-oriented device is available in different colors and is made to compete with Just like the Arlo series from Netgear and others. New integrations include a doorbell API that brings out every action on your Ring devices on Echo Show. A no-brainer integration for users of both devices.

Pre-order Ring Stick Up Cam

Alexa Auto

Finally, the latest announcement in today's present is Alexa Auto. This handheld device is made to bring Alexa to you, you guessed it, your car. Amazon claims that about 70 million cars are bought every year, but there are still others on the road and Alexa wants to be there. Echo Auto sports eight microphones and is full of technology. Alexa is on the way "offered in a completely new way". It connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and activates location-based actions when you arrive at home, for exe. Will retail for $ 50.

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