Amazon’s latest connected technology
What started out as a simple way to wirelessly play music in your home has quickly grown into a range of connected technology from Amazon. With the introduction of a variety of new gadgets recently, it’s not easy to keep up. So, we’ve rounded it all up in one handy article.
Amazon Echo Plus
Alongside a second generation of the Amazon Echo hub, now draped in cloth or wrapped in wood, is a bigger and better version – Amazon Echo Plus. And the main difference is the introduction of a smart hub.
This means that you no longer need to have an independent hub for your Philips Hue lighting system, or Samsung SmartThings tech – it’s all run through Echo. All you need to do is ask Alexa to search for your smart stuff, and it takes the reins.
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Echo Buttons are designed for fun family nights in. The hockey puck-sized glowing buttons were demoed showing users playing a quiz-type game, bashing the buttons to answer questions before the opposition. The new tech is part of something Amazon is called Alexa Gadgets.
It’s thought the Buttons will be introduced around Christmas time – we’ll keep you posted.
Following a report from the Financial Times, Amazon is reportedly working on a pair of smart glasses featuring its virtual assistant, Alexa.
Unlike Google Glass, there won't be a miniature screen, however, you will be able to talk to Alexa – headphone-free. Through a series of vibrations, it’s said that you’ll be able to interact with Alexa using ‘bone-conduction’ technology. There are also suggestions of there being some kind of AR involvement... watch this space.
Amazon’s Echo Look is a relatively new device, which is only available online at the moment. And its primary function is to tell you whether the outfit you’ve chosen is working or not.
It has a main camera lens surrounded by four LED bulbs, to take photos of you. It then sends your snaps to Amazon’s cloud system, which elects whether you need to start thinking about a new wardrobe. This is seemingly an effort to encourage more customers to start buying their clothes from Amazon’s website.
The Echo Show is kind of the like the normal Echo hub, but with a 7-inch touchscreen and camera lens on the front. It’s designed to let you monitor your home’s security cameras, make video calls, and control whatever smart tech you’ve got dotted around the house with your voice.
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If you like the sound of the Echo Show above, but want something a little smaller, meet Echo Spot. The circular-screened device is designed to do much of the same, but with less screen and a smaller price tag.
It also comes with a range of clock faces, so could happily double up as your new bedside alarm clock. Echo Spot is expected to be available around Christmas.
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