Amazon let unfastened with an avalanche of recent merchandise at its September unveiling, beginning with a chain of recent Echo audio system, together with one with Dolby Atmos sound, in addition to a couple of true wi-fi earbuds, glasses, or even a hoop, all with—you guessed it—Alexa on board. Take a deep breath, then let’s dive in.
First up: the Echo Studio, a high-powered sensible speaker designed to counterpoint the e-commerce massive’s fledgling high-resolution subscription audio provider, Amazon Song HD .
Boasting 3-D audio and enhance for the object-based Dolby Atmos audio layout, the Echo Studio is designed to mechanically song its sound to the form of the room during which it’s sitting. You’ll additionally be capable to attach the Echo Studio to a 4K Fireplace TV tool, very best for observing movies encoded with Dolby Atmos sound, and you’ll even pair two Echo Studios along with an Echo Sub.
To be had for pre-order now at $199, the Echo Studio comes supplied with 3 mid-range audio system within the left, proper, and best of its housing, a front-facing directional tweeter, and a five.25-inch bass driving force.
Amazon made a transfer towards higher-quality audio this time remaining yr when it offered the Echo Sub, an reasonably priced powered subwoofer designed to be paired with the Third-gen Echo Dot, 2nd-gen Echo, or 2nd-gen Echo Plus. The Echo Studio must attraction to the similar shoppers who bought that speaker—specifically, other people who’re extra deeply invested in high quality audio and are prepared to pay just a little extra to get it. Given its quite low worth level, the Echo Studio may just really well give the likes of Sonos and Bose a run for his or her cash.
Additionally coming quickly: Echo Buds, a couple of really wi-fi earbuds entire with lively noise aid courtesy of Bose (making them some of the first we’ve observed with noise-cancelling skills), two balanced armature drives according to earbud, a pass-though mode for Siri and Google Assistant, and as much as 5 hours of battery existence or 20 hours with assist from the charging case.
Thoughts you, Amazon isn’t the primary companiy to place Alexa for your head—Bose, Sony, and 66 Audio are simply among the producers providing headphones with Alexa inbuilt—however at simply $130, the Echo Buds undercut maximum of its competition, maximum significantly Apple’s ANC-less AirPods.
Echo Frames and sensible ring
Amazon additionally touted a couple of “Day 1 Version” wearables that will probably be to be had by means of invitation solely.
In case you fancy the speculation of the ever-dutiful Alexa soaring round your head, take a look at the $180 Echo Frames, a couple of glasses with an embedded microphone and directional audio system that permit solely you to listen to Alexa. Designed to paintings along with your phone, the 31-gram Echo Frames have a VIP clear out that prioritizes any messages that arrive over your handset.
Subsequent comes the Echo Loop, a $129 sensible ring with twin microphones, a tiny speaker, and a haptic engine that vibrates on every occasion you get indicators or notifications.
Extra Echo units
Amazon additionally unveiled a made over $99 Echo, entire with up to date neodymium drivers drivers plus the similar design as $149 Echo Plus.
We additionally noticed the Echo Dot with Clock, a $59 model of the Echo Dot with an LED virtual show that displays up from at the back of the usual cloth of the speaker. The brand new Echo Dot (and the outdated one isn’t going away, by means of the way in which) will probably be to be had for pre-order beginning lately.
Additionally coming quickly: the Echo Display eight, a brand new model of the Echo Display that sits between the present five- and eight-inch fashions. To be had for pre-order now and slated to send in time for the vacations, the $129 Echo Display eight will characteristic the similar audio high quality as the opposite two Echo Display units, and sure, there’s a digicam shutter.
The Echo Display will arrive simply in time for a brand new cooking provider from Discovery and Meals Community. Meals Community Kitchen will characteristic reside and on-demand episodes of Meals Community TV, and whilst you see a recipe you need to take a look at, you’ll ask Alexa to reserve it, or ask her what elements you’ll want.
In the meantime, all Echo units will probably be getting a brand new model of the Drop-In characteristic that permits you to drop-in on everybody for your circle of relatives directly, entire with a mosaic of monitors appearing all of the individuals.
Talking of circle of relatives, the kid-centric FreeTime provider is coming to the Echo Display with a brand new interface designed expressly for the sensible show, whilst the brand new Alexa Training Talent API will let oldsters ask Alexa how their children did on a math quiz, or how a lot homework they’ve for the next day (assuming your faculty helps the API, in fact).
New Echo accessories and Alexa options
Taking a web page from the Philips Hue Pass is the $30 Echo Glow, a round sensible lamp because of arrive later this yr that pairs with Alexa and lines quite a lot of lighting fixtures modes, together with a flickering campfire, a dimming sleep timer, or even (in the end) to disco lighting.
Every other nifty Echo accent is the Echo Flex, a compact module that plugs into an AC outlet and includes a small speaker for Alexa, plus a USB charging port that would host quite a lot of further accessories, together with a movement sensor and a nightlight. To be had now for pre-order, the Echo Flex will promote for $25, whilst it’s accessories will opt for $15.
So far as enhancements to Alexa herself pass, Amazon talked up its new neural text-to-speech generation, which is designed to make Alexa’s voice sound a tad much less robot. Probably the most advantages of the brand new characteristic: superstar voices, together with Samuel L. Jackson’s.
Alexa’s new multilingual mode will let Alexa talk other languages in the similar family, beginning in the uswith Spanish and English, French and English in Canada, and Hindi and English in India.
You’ll additionally be capable to ask, “Alexa, inform me what you simply heard,” and if Alexa does one thing sudden (as she’s identified to do), you’ll ask, “Alexa, why did you do this?” for main points on what simply took place.
New “Hunches” (which make Alexa consider when one thing’s off about your day-to-day routines or should you’ve left a door open) are coming as neatly, together with one who warns you when batteries or printer ink would possibly want changing, whilst every other will recommend new routines according to your behavior.
Alexa Guard, an Alexa characteristic that helps to keep an ear out for breaking glass and different suspicious sounds, may be getting some enhancements, together with the power to fasten your doorways, flip for your outdoor lighting, and set herself into Away mode once you are saying, “Alexa, I’m off to paintings.”
In spite of everything, a brand new opt-in auto-delete characteristic will make Alexa mechanically delete recordings after 3 or 18 months.
Amazon’s bulletins weren’t limited to Echo and Alexa units. We additionally were given an all-new, dual-band Eero mesh router with TrueMesh generation and a $99 ticket, or $250 for a three-pack. Naturally, the brand new Eero options tight Alexa integration, permitting you to invite Alexa to pause the Wi-Fi, turn on your visitor Wi-Fi community, or flip off the Wi-FI for a particular tool. The brand new Eero is on sale now, and it’s additionally slated to reach in Europe beginning in November.
Ring cameras and units
Amazon’s line of Ring house safety units additionally were given some new additions, together with a budget-priced $60 Ring Indoor Cam and a brand new $100 model of the battery-powered Stick Up Cam with a 1080p digicam, movement detectors, and evening imaginative and prescient.
Amazon introduced a brand new Ring privateness characteristic known as House Mode, which helps you to set your Ring cameras not to document any audio or video whilst you’re at house.
Odds and ends
Following up on Amazon’s Alexa-enabled microwave from remaining yr is the $250 Alexa Good Oven, a mixture microwave, convection oven, and air fryer that permits you to pre-load cooking directions by means of scaning pre-packaged meals the usage of your phone. The Alexa Good Oven comes bundled with an Echo Dot, by means of the way in which.
In spite of everything, take a look at the Ring Fetch, a canine tracker that leverages Amazon’s upcoming Sidewalk low-bandwidth community to alert you if Spot has wandered previous a given perimeter. Search for the Fetch to reach subsequent yr; no pricing main points but.