Amazon’s Hardware Event September 2018

Ruling the smart speakers market since 2015, Amazon always has something to showcase in the world of IoT. Amazon hosted a “surprise” hardware event on September 20th, 2018 at their Seattle headquarters.

Hosted at Spheres, Amazon’s urban botanical gardens, there was an impressive line-up of Alexa-enabled hardware products and others.

Without further ado, let us get introduced to the new Alexa powered members.

A new Echo Dot

Trying to take the current Echo Dot experience at the next level with same price, new Echo Dot features a larger 1.6 inch driver. It has better sound quality, enhanced bass reduction with the same bluetooth and aux port for connectivity.

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It costs the same $49.99.

Echo Auto

It’s time to take your favorite voice assistant on road! Now you can connect Echo Auto to Alexa through your phone and play over your car’s speakers.

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The Amazon Echo Auto, priced at $50 is a dashboard accessor that can listen to your voice on noisy roads too! It will be much easier to get directions just by using your voice, isn’t it?

Echo Input

While there are not much details on this, Echo Input will be the least expensive and tiniest Echo device. It contains far-field microphone array for Alexa Commands. The form factor will be the incredibly slim structure with 12.5mm thickness.

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Amazon Echo Input will be for sale later this year at $34.99.

2nd Gen Echo Plus

This revamped Echo Plus comes with a fabric design, priced at $150. It has got a better sound with capability to act as smart home hub for your smart home devices.

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The local voice controls enable offline commands, so in case if the internet goes out, you’ll still be able to turn off the light.

Alexa Guard

The gradual entry in home security – Alexa Guard. It integrates all Echo and smart devices to help users protect their homes while they are away.

When you are leaving your house, all you have to do is command Alexa that you’re leaving. Alexa will then listen for sounds like breaking glass or smoke or carbon monoxide alarms. Taking it to the next level, it can alert your security provider as well.

AmazonBasics Microwave

This Microwave has an “Ask Alexa” button that takes advantage of Alexa Connect Kit. There are “dozens of quick-cook voice presets, so you can cook just by asking Alexa.”

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It can also communicate with nearby Echo. So you can ask Alexa to add extra minutes to speed up the process of heating up your food. Currently priced at $59.99, AmazonBasics Microwave will be released on November 14, 2018 to the US customers.

Echo Wall Clock

Connecting via Alexa to bluetooth speakers, Amazon is turning to everyday devices expanding the horizon for voice commands.

You can set timers, alarms and change the time using your voice and alexa commands.

Amazon Smart Plug

A logical addition to Alexa world, this is an Alexa compatible plug that goes into an outlet.

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Available at $24.99, the Amazon Smart Plug will allow voice control of things like lamps, air conditioners, coffee makers, etc.

Echo Link and Link Amplifier

There is Echo Link and Echo Link Amp offered by Amazon provide ability for your sound systems to enter the Alexa universe. Echo Link can connect to a receiver or amplifier, while Echo Link Amp adds inputs and an amplifier section.

This should really excite the audiophiles out there! Echo Link will be priced at $200 and Echo Link Amp will be priced at $300.

2nd Gen Echo Show

While this looks like the old version, 2nd Gen Echo Show is bigger now with a 10-inch display. It is also equipped with powerful drivers for better sound, providing 8-microphone array.

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There will be a Skype app as well, so that you won’t have to use Alexa voice app. Priced at $229.99, it will be in stock by November 6th, 2018.

Fire TV Recast

Focused on live-recording, there will be echo-show like functionality to any display. Fire TV Recast’s channels are integrated right into Fire TV channel guide. You can schedule and delete recordings using Alexa.

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Tagged as over-the-air DVR, Fire TV Recast will be available on November 14, 2018 at $229.99.

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