News from Amazon during the event include the new Echo line, which has expanded to glasses, rings and headphones; check all products presented
It happened on Wednesday (25), the traditional event of hardware gives Amazon. In it, the company presents the latest launches in technological solutions developed and, this year, the highlights were with the new line of Echo intelligent, voice-controlled speakers and speakers and new functions for the personal assistant Alexa. There were about 15 new products announced, reinforcing the company's objective of literally making consumers' lives more smart (smart, in free translation).
Below you can see the main novelties that go from improved personal assistants to smart rings:
Digital security and the focus on privacy
Dave Limp, senior vice president of Amazon Devices & Services, opened the event talking about one of the biggest concerns in the digital world: privacy. Last year, the company was asked about the time it saves customer recordings using the Alexa. According to the company, this data is used to improve the assistant and, since the beginning of August, providing these recordings has become optional.
New Echo line
Currently the Amazon dominates 70% of the smart speakers (smart speakers) in the United States. During the event, the technology giant unveiled other even more advanced models, which are already on pre-sale as of today in the American territory. These are: Echo Show 8, new Echo Dot, Echo Flex it's the Echo Studio.
Echo Show 8
The great differential of the line Echo Show the possibility of seeing the person we talked to, thanks to the display implanted in the device. The new version comes with an 8-inch screen, making it the third option in this line. Currently, the Echo Show 5, with 5.5 inches, and the Echo Show second generation with 10 inches.
Along with the new model, the Amazon informed that it will be possible to watch cooking shows on the device and also ask Alexa to record her favorite recipes and ask questions about ingredients. Who is a subscriber of Amazon Prime, also have a cooking class service on the available channels. It is now possible to purchase it in the pre-sale for US $ 129.00 (R $ 535.00 in direct conversion).
New Echo Dot
The most compact model in the series Amazon Echo won a new version very similar to the previous models, but with a differential: a led watch. This is basically the only change in the device that has been dubbed Echo Dot with Clock, which means literally Echo Dot with watch. When you wake up, just press on the top of the device to gain another nine minutes of nap.
In the pre-sale, the new Echo Dot is available for $ 59.00, about R $ 245.00.
The great promise of smart speakers, however, lies with the Echo Studio. A more robust device, with audio support 3D and Dolby Atmos, which provides cinematic sounds for your home. With five drivers that deliver powerful sound, Studio contains three speakers medium range, tweeter (for high-pitched sounds) and woofer (for low-pitched sounds).
O Echo Studio was developed in conjunction with the streaming Amazon Music HD, premium service that offers music with very high audio quality. The company also stated that it is working with large stadiums as Sony, Universal and Warner to provide more content with support for 3D audio. O Studio is already available for pre-sale for the price of US $ 199.00, approximately R $ 825.00.
Another novelty was a version even more compact than the Echo Dot, created to expand the audio capacity of the Alexa. O Echo Flex costs only US $ 25.00 (R $ 103.00) and can be placed on the wall of any room, for example, in which the Echo main is too far away.
Improvements for Alexa
THE assistant smart from Amazon it's getting smarter and smarter. This time, she will receive updates like the frustration detector, which will identify in the voice if the user begins to lose patience with it. She will say phrases like: I must have got it wrong, before making any corrections. Initially, this new function will be available only for music orders.
As stated earlier, providing recordings of what is said for Alexa became optional. In the device's own settings it is possible to disable this option. The function arrived after the company confirmed that there are employees listening to the recordings to improve the system, which created discomfort among users.
Another update includes the first celebrity voice for the assistant. Soon, users will be conducting research and asking questions of no one less than Samuel L Jackson. The resource will be available later this year for 99 cents on the dollar, or 4 reais, depending on the quotation at the time.
For the parents' better peace of mind, Amazon also plans to insert a new parental control tool, in which it will be necessary to approve the contact before the child can talk on the device Echo. Another tool related to devices third party connected network Wi-Fi. With voice command, the user can disconnect devices from the internet and even pause them.
New protection features are among the updates to the Alexa. Called Alexa Guard, the tool detects human activities in the house such as the sound of footsteps or breaking glass, in case there is an intruder. Alexa You can also help with activities more proactively, notifying you when the printer's ink is running low or when it's time to change the battery for an electronic lock.
Amazon wants to make everything smart
Further expanding the product catalog smart, a Amazon announced more gadgets compatible with Alexa. It is now possible to take the personal assistant anywhere with glasses Echo Frames, the ring Echo Loop or the headphones Echo Buds. Not to mention the Alexa Smart Oven, a microwave smart which is also compatible with the assistant. Below you can see each product and its features.
Available for the promotional price of US $ 179.00 (R $ 535.00 in direct conversion), the Echo Frames a special frame with speakers and microphone to communicate with the Alexa. With it you can make calls, listen to podcasts and control other devices on the Amazon from anywhere. Remembering that, different from the dead Google Glass, O Frames does not have a camera or display, all commands and settings are by voice.
The promotional value for guests only. After the introduction period, the price will be US $ 249.99 (R $ 1,037.00).
It basically has the same functions as a Echo traditional, but everything was compressed into a ring. To speak to Alexa, just press a small button with your finger, a small vibration indicates that the assistant is listening and you can already give the command. According to The Verge, who was present at the event and could test the device, the audio is not very loud and as if you whisper a secret to Alexa.
To connect the internet ring, just use the bluetooth your cell phone and share the connection. O Loop It is available in four sizes: small, medium, large and extra-large. The battery lasts for about a day with continuous use and vibrates when the user receives some notification. It is also possible to connect it with the assistant yours smartphone, be the Google Or the Crab.
Available in limited quantities, the Loop costs US $ 129.00 (R $ 535.00) in its invitation-only promotional price. After the introduction period, the value will be US $ 179.00 (R $ 743.22).
The new wireless headphones from Amazon also take the experience of the system Alexa wherever you go. One of the features that draws the most attention on the device is the algorithm Bose, used to reduce outside noise considerably. To activate the tool, just double-tap the surface and listen to your favorite music at will. The Buds they are water and sweat resistant, automatically pausing when one is removed from the ear.
Just like the other products in the line Echo, voice commands are also present, allowing you to receive notifications and play your favorite songs more conveniently. Charging done via USB, with a base that comes with the device. Costing $ 129.99 (R $ 539.72), Echo Buds will be released later this year.
Amazon Smart Oven
This electronic oven combines microwave, traditional oven and air fryer on a single device. Unlike other devices, the Smart Oven does not have a system Echo, that is, it is not possible to give direct commands to it. It is necessary to have another device like the Echo Dot, for example, to control the smart oven more easily. The utensil has new functions like the scan to cook (?Scan to cook?, in free translation) that identifies pre-prepared meals that are sold in supermarkets including the line's own foods Amazon.
You can give other commands like preheating and setting the temperature. O Amazon Smart Oven is available in the pre-order for US $ 249.00 (R $ 1,033.00).
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