Summary of Amazon Events – Astro Robots, Echo Show 15, Echo Glow, Halo View, and more
This is the end of this Amazon event! Thank you for participating. Stay tuned for more information on all of the products and services announced today. If you need us, we’ll think about whether a rolling robot with eyes worth $ 999 is actually securing our home or just terrorizing our pets.
Astro is priced at $ 999 and is available today by invitation only through Amazon’s Day One program. Do you request one?
Another ring announcement, and this one is less … drone-esque. The Ring Alarm Pro updates the Ring Alarm home security system, smart device-powered home security system, and Amazon’s subscription monitoring program. It’s a whole collection of devices, from door and window sensors to doorbell cameras and security cameras that can be placed around your property.
With the Ring Alarm Pro update, the home security system is vastly improved by merging with an Eero Wi-Fi 6 mesh router, giving you WiFi throughout the house with fast connectivity and network security, as well as security for your physical home. The combination is designed to protect your home inside and out and provide you with a great WiFi experience that also serves as the backbone for all of your Ring devices.
The Ring Always Home camera drone is back, and this time around, you can actually order it through Amazon’s Day One program for $ 249.99. If you’ve always wanted an indoor drone that can fly around your house checking things while you’re away, this has to be the Ring device you’ve been waiting for.
Amazon Halo is getting a number of updates, starting with Halo View, a $ 79.99 fitness tracker with a display. As you may recall, the original Amazon Halo is a good fitness tracker, but it won’t tell you the time or any workout data. Now the Amazon Halo View looks more like a Fitbit, with an AMOLED display and 7 days of battery life.
The Halo View comes with a one-year membership to the Amazon Halo service, which usually costs a monthly fee. The service will be updated with two major programs: Halo Fitness and Halo Nutrition.
Halo Fitness is a workout service with hundreds of studio-quality workouts led by industry experts. It also integrates with real-time metrics hardware. Halo Fitness will be launched later this year.
Halo Nutrition is a healthy eating service with a nutrition planner that uses hundreds of recipes from trusted nutrition brands. The service offers pre-made weekly menus, complete with a shopping list that merges with your Alexa shopping list. Halo Nutrition is coming early next year.
What the heck is Amazon Glow? No, not the Amazon Echo Glow’s smart light – Amazon Glow is a strange floor-standing device with a built-in projector that allows kids to stay connected with interactive games and activities with grandparents or friends.
We really have never seen a smart display like the Amazon Glow. It merges physical and digital objects along with object scans to help kids stay creative and social at the same time.
As for content, Amazon sourced videos and games from Disney, Mattel, Nickelodeon, and Sesame Workshop. It plans to partner with other kid-friendly companies in the future and is opening an SDK to developers.
The Amazon Glow goes live as part of the company’s Day-One program, so those who receive invitations can purchase the new display at an early access price of $ 249.99.
Wow, it looks like Amazon filmed that part of the keynote at Disneyland, California. Boy do we wish we were there
A new collaboration revolves around a version of Alexa called “Hey Disney”. At Disney Parks and Resorts, Alexa-powered AI connects guests with their favorite Disney characters. It delivers the Alexa experience for Disney fans and enhances the guest experience with parking information, hotel services, and more.
You can also purchase Hey Disney separately. While the partnership is clearly focused on enhancing the resort and park experience, users have the option to add a little magic to the Echo speakers at home. Will you complete the experience with a Mickey themed Echo Show booth?
Now for Amazon Kids Plus announcements. Amazon Kids Plus members get additional content including the Do Re Me show, a Super Spy Me mobile game, a Lego Monkie Kid show, and a Blippi’s Treehouse series that inspires kids to explore the world around them to immerse.
These shows and games will be available on Echo Show and Fire tablet devices.
Meet Amazon Echo Show 15, the company’s largest smart display to date. It comes out later this year for $ 249.99.
As a kitchen TV, the Echo Show 15 looks more like a smart picture frame, or maybe a Samsung Family Hub, without the fridge. It can be wall mounted so that you and your family can easily see all kinds of information and content.
The Amazon Echo Show 15 has a brand new user interface with Alexa widgets so you can customize the display to suit your family’s planning, dining, and communication needs. The sticky note widget is especially cool.
Another widget shows you controls for all of the Alexa-compatible devices you use most often. You can also see live views from the Ring camera so you can see who’s at the door while you’re cooking or listening to music.
The display also offers 1080p streaming for watching news or shows on Amazon Prime Video. Sling TV is coming to Echo Show devices soon.
Finally, the next generation AZ2 processor in the new display enables faster and more intelligent processing on the device. The AZ2 processor also supports the visual ID which tells the Echo Show 15 that you are using the camera. Then the display can show content tailored to your schedule or preferred content.
Amazon just announced the Amazon Smart Thermostat in partnership with Honeywell Home for $ 59.99. Pretty competitive price if you ask us. Of course, the thermostat is Alexa compatible, so you can set routines for your temperature needs throughout the day. It should also work with most existing HVAC systems.
Time to talk about privacy. According to Amazon, privacy is an opportunity for invention. Customers in the USA with the Echo Show 10 or the latest Amazon Echo (4th Gen) can have all commands processed on the device without anything being sent to the cloud.
Let’s talk about ambient intelligence. Ambient intelligence is when Artificial Intelligence (AI) adapts to your environment, helps you when you need it, and takes a back seat when you don’t. So, Amazon’s AI not only learns to get smarter, it also learns to grow with your life and needs. Creepy or awesome?
The Amazon event is now happening! It started with a cute montage of moments captured by Alexa and Ring cameras. It just shows how much these smart home devices are integrated into our lives.
Keep! Minutes before the start of the Amazon event, a few press photos appeared to have penetrated the waiting room. We’ve only had a cursory glance, but it appears the company is announcing a new Amazon Halo product, type of thermostat, and a Disney-branded Amazon Echo.
While we wait, let’s go through Amazon’s event history. This is the second year in a row that the company’s Fall Product Event has been held virtually. Unlike Samsung, Google, Apple and many other big players, Amazon does not open its keynotes to the public. That said, Amazon will have news from the event on its own live blog. While it’s not as cool as ours, it’s a good source to learn more about the services and devices announced today.
Before public safety precautions shifted to virtual events, Amazon regularly hosted a personal fall event. It took place in the beautiful Amazon Spheres in Seattle, where representatives of the press can experience the new hardware up close after a presentation.
We are about 20 minutes from the start time. Amazon has opened a virtual waiting room for the live stream, complete with a countdown timer and some tunes. Tom’s Guide is currently jamming to Khalid’s “Better” – and we couldn’t help but ask ourselves, is something better than techtember?
Are you looking forward to today’s Amazon event? We don’t know much about what’s coming during the keynote, but we’re ready for some fun surprises. Tom’s Guide senior writer (and the voice of this live blog) Kate Kozuch took to Twitter yesterday to share some announcement predictions, given the mysterious atmosphere looming over the event.
My predictions for Amazon Echo devices with #alexa (and their names) announced tomorrow: â¢ Amazon Echo Ambiance (battery operated, Sonos Move rival) â¢ Amazon Echo Theater (intelligent midrange soundbar) â¢ Amazon Echo Aux (over- Ear headphones, alternative to Echo Buds)September 27, 2021
She is optimistic about an Echo soundbar, as reported by Bloomberg. Your other two guesses involve a portable Echo that can move around your home and a premium pair of over-ear headphones. Amazon already makes the Amazon Echo Buds and Amazon Echo Buds 2 – could the company expand its headset offering?