Amazon at the Fall Devices and Services event, With anticipated updates to the Echo, Fire TV and Ring product lines. This event has helped Amazon bring the buzz as it enters the holiday shopping season, and for the first time . (Annual sales usually open in July, but this year it is expected to start on October 13th.) That means you can place Alexa everywhere inside and outside your home. It was a big plot in 2019 for both Ling and Alexa. The connected house concept that Amazon has developed over the years in a home life where millions of people have been crouching for a long time is more relevant than ever.
The company’s Echo and Fire TV products will be the first to earn a sustainability badge, and are working to reduce power consumption across the device through a new low-power mode and energy dashboard integrated with Alexa. Amazon also pledged to build solar and wind power plants to produce energy for the consumption of all devices.
The company launched a cloud gaming service on top of Amazon Web Services running on PC, Fire TV and iOS. There is a Luna Plus gaming channel with curated game sets, and Amazon is partnering with publisher Ubisoft for Day 1 availability of some games.
There are custom $50 controllers that connect directly to the cloud rather than your local device.
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This is a custom controller that connects directly to the cloud, and Amazon reduces round-trip latency from 17 milliseconds to 30 ms compared to a controller connected to a PC, Mac or Fire TV via Bluetooth.
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Redesigned into a new, older and adaptable to room acoustics, the 4th generation Echo incorporates the features of the previously Echo Plus. It also acts as a bridge to Amazon’s Sidewalk network and includes neural network technology that accelerates Alexa.
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It has been redesigned the same as the old Echo, but now boasts a sleek fabric cover and better speakers.
Also, the older Kids Edition, with some kid-friendly features, includes a kid’s voice profile and a Sidekick that Alexa can read.
Now you have the Zigbee and Sidewalk hubs, and they are quiet when rotating towards you. There is a built-in camera shutter for privacy, and every Echo device has a command to review your privacy settings and “delete everything I said”. It also supports Hulu, Netflix and Prime Video.
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The Pro 6 is basically the same as the Eero 6 but is designed to handle higher bandwidth (up to gigabit not 500Mbps) connections.
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Ring’s $200 Ring Car Cam helps users document traffic jams, crashes, and other road events.
Launched with Tesla, the $200 Connect uses the vehicle’s built-in external camera to capture video if the vehicle has a problem while driving or parking.
Finally, Ring’s $60 Car Alarm plugs into the vehicle’s on-board diagnostic port and uses sound and accelerometer sensors to monitor the vehicle’s collision, intrusion, towing or other events.
Amazon doesn’t have a product page yet, but we’ll add it when it arrives.
It’s similar to the all-new Fire TV Stick but doesn’t have TV controls integrated into the remote.
Modified, September 24: The Fire TV Stick’s maximum resolution is 1080p, not 4K, as said in previous versions of this story.