We were on the ground in Seattle at Amazon HQ today at the company’s annual deluge of hardware announcements, and wow, did we get some: a high-end, new , an and a three-in-one . And are real, along with smart glasses as part of a new Day 1 Editions program for experimental products.
Last year, the company announced a dozen new devices, from theto the , the and the . Since then, Amazon released a new smart display — the . It’s also come under fire for hiring people . The company also acquired the video doorbell company Ring, for its work with police departments across the country, and .
Wearables and Day 1 Editions
Echo Buds are real, too, and include Bose noise reduction. They join the Echo Frames smart glasses as part of a new Day 1 Editions program for experimental Alexa implementations. The Echo Loop is a Day 1 Edition smart ring.
Echo and Alexa
They opened with new Alexa commands, the ability to mimic celebrities and privacy updates for Ring (home mode) and Alexa (such as automatic deletion of data). Plus, a bunch of new Echos, of course, highlighted by a high-end model that supports Dolby Atmos streaming from 4K Fire TVs and pairing. And kid-friendly features and models, such as the Echo Glow.
Frustrated by smart-home setup? Now Amazon has a frustration-free Certified for Humans program to make smart lights, plugs and appliances totally foolproof. Also, it rolled out the first product from the Eero acquisition, the… Eero, as well as Alexa’s ability to manage Wi-Fi. The Echo Flex spreads access points inconspicuously throughout your home, with a plug-in motion sensor or night light. Ring gets plug-ins and a Stick-up Cam, including its first indoor-only camera at a new low price of $59.
And how do you follow up the Amazon Microwave? With the Amazon Smart Oven, bundled with an Echo Dot. Amazon also extends the reach of your control via Amazon Sidewalk.