Amazon announced a slew of products at its hardware event held virtually on Tuesday. The company announced the all-new Echo Show 15, Amazon Halo View, Amazon Glow and Amazon Astro along with Ring, Blink video doorbell and more Apart from the new devices, Amazon also added new features to its voice assistant, Alexa. Most devices that were announced will be available in the US later this year.
Amazon had announced its largest-ever smart display Echo Show 15 with a 15-inch display. The Echo Show 15 looks nothing like the previously-announced echo show products. It does not have any speaker attached to the display. The Echo Show has thin borders and looks more like a mini TV or photo frame. The Echo Show 15 can be hanged virtually as well horizontally on the wall. The display can be used to check time and date, it can also be used as a sticky note board, which means that you can leave notes for your family member when they are not around.
The Echo Show 15 also has a Visual ID feature. If you enrol for the visual ID, the smart display will recognise you and display things that are meant for you. For instance, if there is a message for you on the sticky note, the display will show it to you. If you had saved a date or set a reminder for something, you will be shown that. If you set up your child’s Visual ID, the Echo Show 15 will only display things that are suitable for the age of the child.
Talking about the Echo Show, Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa said, “Echo Show 15 brings everything that makes your household tick into one place. With a redesigned home screen and Alexa widgets, you can customize Echo Show 15 to see your shared family calendar, manage to-do lists and reminders, find meal inspiration, and keep track of your incoming packages. Plus, Echo Show 15 can adapt to your home environment with full-screen photos or art, so it’s always there when you need it, but fades beautifully into the background when you don’t.”
Amazon Halo View
Amazon also announced an updated version of its fitness tracker called the Halo View. When Amazon made its fitness tracking device Halo official, a couple of years ago, the only thing that people missed was the display. However, with the Halo View, Amazon has now rolled out a conventional fitness band with a display. The Halo View features an AMOLED display, it comes with various sensors including an optical sensor to monitor heart rate and blood oxygen, a skin temperature sensor, and an accelerometer. Halo View is lightweight, comfortable, and swim-proof, with up to seven days of battery life, and can fully charge in under 90 minutes.
Amazon had announced Glow exclusively for kids. The Glow is an interactive device that makes it easier for kids to interact with their friends, family and even use it for virtual classes. Glow is available at an introductory, early access price of $249.99, it comes loaded with a mat case, 1-year of Amazon Kids+, and is bundled with Tangram Bits. Amazon has revealed that the device comes with a 2-year worry-free guarantee—if it breaks, Amazon will replace it for free.
Out of all the products that Amazon announced at its hardware event, the Astro grabbed everyone’s attention. The Astro can monitor your home, you can keep an eye on your dog or your dogs when you are not around. You can also fix up schedules and set up reminders using the Astro. The robot can also music and TV shows while roaming around in the house. The robot has been launched at an introductory price of $999.99 (roughly Rs. 74,190) and regular price of $1,449.99 (roughly Rs. 1.07 lakhs).