Do you think this is something you would like for your homes? I don’t know, it looks nice but maybe a little scary too.
Amazon is adding patrols to Astro that better integrate with Ring products. With Ring Virtual Security, if a Ring device detects that your business is being burglarized, it will begin patrolling and send live video to authorities.
Amazon Astro will start learning about the specific parts of your home you tell it to, starting with windows and doors. If you talk to Astro about your front door while looking at it, the robot can visually understand if it is open or closed and you can then ask Astro to check if the door is open or closed.
Alexa Together is coming to Astro, allowing more use of the robot to help care for loved ones who can’t.
Finally some updates on Amazon Astro. Amazon says there have been hundreds of thousands of invite requests. But I wonder how many are actually in the wild.
New BMW vehicles will start using Alexa Custom Assistant to bring more of the ambient computing that Amazon is talking about today. It will be an expensive Amazon Echo.
Amazon Echo in the car is getting an update with a new Echo Auto. There’s a new design and improved playback options plus better syncing with your home speaker to let you pick up your care from where you left off in the house. He gets new insights and more ways to minimize distractions while driving.
Do you have children who like to read or be read to? Amazon is bringing a feature that will let kids co-create characters and visual stories on their Echo smart speakers.
Yay! Cute new Echo Dot Kids designs to go with existing Tiger and Panda styles. Amazon is also bringing more features to “Hey, Disney” which launched last year.
Now for Echo Dot and Dot with Clock. Amazon has upgraded the speakers on both models, and the Dot with Clock display is getting new features. It is more refined and will show more information like song title or weather icons. Both speakers get a feature to tap the top to pause music, stop a timer, and more.
New Echo Dots and existing Echo speakers become eero mesh router extenders to provide even better internet coverage.
Yes! New Echo Studio available in Glacier White and improved sound with Sony 360 Audio.
Halo Rise is a new sleep tracker, clock, and smart sensor that can give you insight into your sleep patterns. Being able to advise on ways to improve your sleep by monitoring the temperature, humidity and more in your bedroom. It can even mimic the sunrise for a natural wake-up call.
Ambient Intelligence now has its own section. It could really be interesting to see how Amazon Alexa and the rest of the AI evolves into how it can become something that fades into the background. The idea that we don’t have to get so involved in every little bit of our smart home is exciting.
Amazon says they are ahead of schedule to become more carbon neutral. With packaging using more paper and recycled materials. Good to hear about such a large company trying to improve its energy footprint.
Kindle Scribe isn’t cheap, starting with preorders today for $339
The new Kindle Scribe will allow users to take notes, annotate books, and more using pre-made templates that will sync with your account.
The first is the Kindle with the Kindle Scribe as Amazon’s first e-reader you can write on.
OK here. We. Go. Don’t forget to stick around, as we’ll keep you posted on everything Amazon rolls out!
While Amazon has done a good job of keeping most of its Echo smart speakers and smart displays updated every year, high-end options like the Echo Sub and Echo Studio hasn’t seen a refresh in quite some time. Although the Echo Sub is more of an add-on to other smart speakers, it wouldn’t hurt to update it or add something like a mini-sub to the lineup. The Echo Studio is supposed to be the premium option, but it’s been years since it got Amazon’s love. Maybe we could get a nice soundbar to go along with the Fire and Sub TVs?
You know what else Amazon excels at: tablets and e-readers. Amazon Fire tablets are among the few excellent Android tablets that can be purchased without breaking the bank. The Fire 7 and Fire 7 Kids tablets were refreshed earlier this year, and the Fire 10 was refreshed last year and the Fire 8 in 2020, but maybe an Ultra-like device would be worth it . Something more upscale, perhaps. It could also be a good time for a new wave of Kindles to spice up the eReader lineup as well.
Ring is getting to the point where it has a huge catalog of products, but there are some areas that could be filled in, especially a smart lock. Ring has some great video doorbells, and adding a lock to the mix to further secure your front door makes sense. Sure, some really fantastic smart locks are compatible with Ring, but getting an official device would likely provide a more comprehensive experience.
We might also get updated Fire TV devices or software. Amazon has some of the best streaming devices on the market and seems to update them regularly. But one device that hasn’t received a significant update is the Fire TV Cube. This product was an Alexa speaker in addition to being the most powerful streamer offered by Amazon, but it seems to have been forgotten. This could be because Amazon has launched its own brand of smart TVs, one I reviewed called the Fire TV Omni and was very impressed. So hopefully we can get some updates on the entertainment side.
While this event will likely mostly cover updates to existing products and services and some new devices, with another Amazon Prime Day event coming just a few weeks away, we might get more details on that. Since this is the first time Amazon has held two shopping events in a year, and the second is close to Black Friday, I could see them talking about it, and today would be the perfect time to do so. Do you understand, Prime?
Could Amazon pull back the curtain on its plans for Matter and when those updates might roll out to its compatible device? It would be great to hear updates on the long-awaited smart home device protocol. With Amazon being such a big player in the development of Matter, alongside Google and other brands, an update would be nice. This event could also be a good launch for the platform. We will have to see!
Another thing I look forward to at Amazon’s device events is the new Day-1 devices. Day-1 products are usually pretty wild in concept, but that’s what makes them so cool. It might seem counter-intuitive because of what I’ve already said about the Astro bot and the Ring drone camera, but I’m only disappointed that we don’t have those devices yet. Day 1 articles are fun and I still like to see them.
Sorry, everyone, I forgot to mention that it’s Chris Wedel updating you on our hopes for the event and what’s actually announced.
I wonder if we will be able to get updates on the Astro bot or Ring Always Home Cam. Since they were announced in previous events, very little has been said about these devices since then, and they are still not available for typical purchase methods. These awesome products are still stuck in Amazon’s invite program and are quite expensive. So, get more information on what’s going on with these things and when they might become more accessible.
Personally, I’m really excited to see what new smart home devices are coming from Amazon. For years the company has been building some pretty impressive devices and potentially offers the most comprehensive profile of smart home products in the entire industry. I’m hoping for an evolved version of the Alexa platform that offers better display customization on smaller screens, much like what’s available on larger smart displays like the Echo Show 15 and Show 10 .
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