Yesterday Amazon held a closed on-line occasion the place it introduced a variety of recent gadgets together with redesigned and extra highly effective Echo audio system, a brand new, smarter Echo Present, a less expensive Fireplace TV streaming stick, the Luna sport streaming companies, a flying safety digital camera, new Eero Mesh Wi-Fi kits and extra.
Right here, in short, is all the things it’s worthwhile to know concerning the merchandise, after they’re arriving and what they value.
Echo audio system
The Echo Plus and Echo have now been rolled into one system, so that you get a Zigbee sensible hub in the usual Echo.
There is a new design, higher audio system (and assist for stereo Dolby Digital), plus a brand new AZ1 processor which makes Alexa higher and sooner.
Learn extra concerning the fourth-generation Echo.
Echo Dot 4
Just like the Echo, the smaller Echo Dot will get a spherical redesign, together with upgraded software program, lead primarily by a first-gen AZ1 Neural Edge chip. Count on sooner, smoother efficiency from Alexa, together with higher sound.
Learn extra concerning the Echo Dot 4
Echo Dot Four with clock
All the pieces you get with the clock however with an extra LED time show – for an extra £10/$10.
Echo Dot Four Children Version
What: Amazon Echo Dot Four Children Version
When: Releases later this 12 months
How a lot: £59.99/$59.99
The Dot Four Children Version function new Tiger and Panda design skins together with extra parental management options and a (quickly to be accessible) Studying Sidekick function to encourage kids to learn, and to learn with confidence.
What: 10in sensible show
When: In time for Christmas 2020 (no UK launch date)
How a lot: £239.99/$249.99
Not a mere iteration on the earlier Echo Present: the brand new mannequin has a very new design which rotates (silently) on its base so the display screen, built-in digital camera and stereo audio system at all times face you.
Amazon says there’s additionally a brand new residence display screen expertise, which can be rolling out to different Echo Exhibits, plus assist for Zoom video calling in addition to the brand new Alexa Group calling.
Learn extra concerning the Echo Present 10
A less expensive Lite various helps full HD streaming on Fireplace TV and comes with a brand new Alexa Voice Distant Lite for voice navigation. It is also 50% sooner than the previous-generation Fireplace TV Stick.
New Fireplace TV Stick
The brand new Fireplace TV Stick replaces the earlier era and introduces Dolby Atmos audio. It is 50% sooner, connects extra reliably, 50% extra energy-efficient, and simpler to make use of.
Learn extra concerning the Fireplace TV Stick & Stick Lite
What: Amazon’s new cloud gaming service
When: Unknown (most likely 2021)
How a lot: $5.99 per thirty days (introductory value) plus non-obligatory $49.99 controller
Amazon’s cloud gaming service has been within the pipeline for months, however Luna’s emphasis is be on gaming utilizing the gadgets you already personal, together with PC, iOS and Fireplace TV.
A library of over 100 video games will embody the likes of Resident Evil 7 and GRID at launch, with a choose few providing 4K/60fps assist. Elsewhere, there’s integration with Amazon’s Twitch streaming service, whereas it’s also possible to choose up an Xbox-style controller. No launch date has been touted, however count on Luna to launch in 2021.
Learn extra about Luna
Ring All the time Dwelling Cam
What: An indoor drone with a safety digital camera
When: A while in 2021
How a lot: $249.99 (no UK value)
Responding to buyer suggestions, Ring is creating a flying digital camera so you possibly can monitor your complete residence, moderately than having a lot of particular person fastened cameras.
You’ll have the ability to inform it the place it could possibly and may’t go in your house, and it’ll work with a Ring Alarm if in case you have one.
Learn extra concerning the All the time Dwelling Cam
What: New mesh Wi-Fi routers
When: 2 November 2020 (no UK launch date) Pre-order now
How a lot: $129 (Eero 6), $229 (Eero Professional 6), $89 (Eero 6 extender)
There are two new Eero mesh Wi-Fi programs, however each the identical goal: making your own home connection as quick and dependable as attainable. Key additions embody Wi-Fi 6 assist throughout the vary, in addition to a built-in Zigbee hub for sensible residence assist.
The twin-band Eero 6 is predicted to get you a minimum of 1,500 sq ft of vary per router, whereas the Professional 6 ought to prolong that to 2,000 sq ft.
Learn extra about Eero 6.
Ring Automobile Safety
What: A digital camera, a dongle and an API
When: Someday in 2021 (no UK launch date)
How a lot: $59.99 (Alarm), $199.99 (Digicam), $199.99 (Join)
Increasing outdoors of the house, Ring plans to launch a digital camera that may supply an analogous set of options to its current indoor digital camera. However it’s going to additionally monitor for break-ins and bumps, and has a built-in siren. It should even notify the emergency companies should you’re concerned in a severe crash.
The Alarm is the most affordable system. It plugs into your automobile’s OBDII port, and likewise has a siren. It’ll notify you of bumps, break-ins and in case your automobile is towed.
Lastly, there’s the Join which is designed for automobile producers to allow them to make their automobiles (with built-in cameras) work with the Ring app.
Learn extra about Ring automobile safety
Blink Indoor and Outside cameras
Lastly, though not a part of the launch occasion, Amazon additionally introduced new Blink Indoor and Outside safety cameras. These are successfully an evolution of the Blink XT2, however with separate fashions for indoor and out of doors.
Learn extra concerning the Blink cameras