Amazon held its latest launch event on Wednesday, announcing loads of new hardware products and software upgrades to enhance your smart home. From new smart speakers to better Wi-Fi and even a new Kindle with a digital pen, there was plenty to see at Amazon’s Devices and Services event. We were surprised that the company was able to completely squeeze it out in about an hour.
It was an invite-only event, although we’ve rounded up some of the hottest announcements from the launch.
Echo speakers like Wi-Fi extenders
Amazon has a new generation of echo dot The speakers, equipped with an impressive sensor and even a temperature sensor that can, for example, turn on a fan if you notice that your house is too hot. And the new Echo Dot with Clock system can provide users with more information at a glance.
Most importantly, users with eero Wi-Fi routers can add new Echo Points to their system, expanding their Wi-Fi network to more areas of their home. And this ability is put to 4th generation echo hardware as well.
Finally, the Echo Show 15 lives up to its name
The Echo Show 15 It’s a great smart screen that’s fun for the whole family, and Amazon is improving it Adding Fire TV. This gives families access to the Fire TV UI to watch their favorite shows and movies, making it like having another TV in the house.
There are other updates coming on the screen, like custom Alexa actions, sticky video notes, and more. However, the Fire TV add-on is easily the most notable.
More Fire TV devices
Speaking of Fire TV, Amazon has a few new devices for users looking to upgrade their settings. The first is the next generation Fire TV CubeIt has a built-in speaker, HDMI ports, and 4K upscaling that will keep your content looking good no matter which way you watch it.
There’s also the new Fire TV Omni QLED series, which features HDR10+ Adaptive, 96-zone dimming, built-in Alexa, and an Ambient mode that will show you a photo slideshow if it detects your presence. It’s available in 65-inch or 75-inch models with 4K resolution.
kindle with pen
Amazon just released a file The new Kindle, but the company is not finished. the new kindle writer It brings a new level of productivity to the e-reader thanks to the included stylus pen that allows users to jot down while reading. Users can also create sticky notes or send documents to their Kindle from their PC, allowing them to edit them with the stylus.
Now you have a tablet that can do more while staying productive.
Amazon has a few companies under its umbrella, including Ring and Blink. Both companies make smart home security cameras, and both companies have launched their latest products. Blink’s new wired Floodlight camera provides 1080p recording and people detection, while the new camera Ring Spotlight Pro Camera It adds 3D motion detection and a bird’s eye view to let you see the bigger picture.
He sees you sleeping…
One product we didn’t expect is the latest addition to Amazon’s Halo lineup. The Hala Rise It is basically a smart lamp that can monitor your sleep thanks to its non-contact sensors. It’s not unlike Google Nest Hub (2nd generation), although it doesn’t have a screen and comes with the added peculiarity of not including microphones. It can also wake you up at the best times, depending on your sleep pattern, and you can set alarms to your favorite tunes.
Of course, it wasn’t just about the hardware, but there were also some updates for the services as well. Alexa togetherAmazon’s Remote Care for Elderly Loved Ones is gaining customizable alerts to give caregivers better peace of mind.
Echo Show devices also gain some features, such as Shop the Look, which lets users describe clothes they want to shop for and shows them a selection of items, or Creative AI, which gives kids the chance to create stories with Alexa.
Looming over every ad was “Ambient Intelligence,” which Amazon describes as digital services that run naturally in the background and adapt to users so we don’t have to think twice about using products. Amazon says 90% of Alexa actions start without users saying a word and that Ambient Intelligence should be proactive and personal.