At its big hardware event last year, Amazon announced a variety of new Echo smart speakers, the Echo Show 10 (which has a moving screen), an indoor drone and a host of other gadgets. At this year’s event we got a bunch of new gadgets, but there are a few old ones as well.
No Echo smart speakers were announced at this year’s event, but Amazon revealed a $59 smart thermostat, a $50 video doorbell, a new fitness tracker, a wall-mounted smart display, and a bunch of new smart home cameras — For example, but not limited . We also got a cool home robot named “Astro”.
Here’s what you need to know.
Amazon has announced a little robot – named Astro – that’s basically Alexa on wheels. It has built-in speakers so it can follow you, play music, or answer your questions. It has a built in screen and cameras so it can make video calls, show feed from smart home cameras and play videos. Acting as a smart home camera on wheels, it can help you monitor your home, pets or people who need extra care (such as the elderly) when you are not there.
the price: $999 (introductory price)
Blink video doorbell
The Blink Video Doorbell is a smart video doorbell designed to work with the Alexa smart home. It comes in wired or wire-free models and offers many of the features you’d expect in a smart doorbell, like HD video, night vision, motion detection, and two-way audio. It costs $50.
the price: $50
Blink Floodlight Cam and Solar Power Mount + Cam
Amazon has announced two new outdoor smart home security tools. The Blink Floodlight Cam is a durable, battery-powered smart home camera with a built-in LED spotlight. You can also purchase a Blink Solar Panel Mount so you don’t have to worry about changing or recharging batteries.
the price: $140 (Blink Floodlight Cam) and $130 (Blink Solar Panel Mount)
Ring Alarm Pro
Ring Alarm Pro is the company’s latest smart security system. It’s a system of alarms and motion sensors, but it’s unique in that it also comes with a built-in Wi-Fi 6 router – so it solves your home Wi-Fi and security (with professional monitoring and online threat protection) all in one fell swoop.
the price: $250
Amazon Hello View
The Halo View is the company’s latest wearable fitness tracker. It’s basically a newer version of the Halo Band (announced last year) that also finally has an AMOLED display, so you can easily keep track of your workouts and general fitness. It will work with Amazon’s new fitness and nutrition subscription services, called Halo Fitness and Halo Nutrition, respectively, both of which will be included in a Halo membership at no additional cost. (You get a free one-year Halo membership with the purchase of Halo View.)
the price: $80
Amazon Glow is a video calling device with a projector that creates a touch-sensitive screen on any surface, allowing people (especially children) to make interactive video calls where they can play games, read books, and do other interactive activities with friends and family members.
the price: $249 (introductory price)
Amazon Smart Thermostat
Amazon has announced a new smart thermostat — in partnership with Resideo and made with Honeywell Home Thermostat Technology — that promises to work with most existing HVAC systems and will cost just $59. As you’d expect, you’ll be able to control it with your voice via Alexa.
the price: $59
Echo Show 15
The Echo Show 15 is a new smart display that’s larger than the company’s previous smart displays – it has a 15.6-inch screen with a 1080p picture – that’s also unique in that it can be wall-mounted or placed on a stand, and can also be in portrait or landscape mode. It’s meant to be a TV for the kitchen as well as a smart hub for your home, where family members can watch shows on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, as well as leave notes, view calendars, and share photos.
The Echo Show 15 will cost $249 and will be available later this year.
the price: $249
Always Home Cam
Amazon announced the Ring Always Home Cam last year, but they never released it. In the most recent hardware event, this has changed – you can now apply for an invitation to purchase it. If you don’t remember, the Ring Always Home Cam is an indoor drone that can fly autonomously around your home and show you a live stream or record footage without being obstructed by a fixed location (like all other smart home cameras).
the price: $250
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