Amazon always throws together a big product showcase in the Fall that introduces a ton of Alexa-compatible devices and appliances – including some you didn’t even think needed a smart assistant like a microwave and wall clock. Well here we are again with Amazon’s Fall Echo and Alexa devices event, and Amazon has actually announced quite a few notable additions including a completely redesigned Echo speaker lineup, an in-home security drone, and Amazon’s own cloud gaming service called Luna.
Without further ado, let’s get into everything Amazon announced.
The Echo speaker has been a cylinder for the last three generations, but now it’s growing up to become a sphere. The new, larger spherical design allows the device to use a new larger speaker and it even features premium adaptive sound. It’s also powered by an AZ1 neural edge processor that promises to be 20 times more power-efficient than the Echo Dot 3rd generation and provide two times faster speech processing. The new Echo Dot also features Zigbee and Bluetooth Low Energy and it’s available now for $99.
Amazon Echo Dot
Alongside the new Echo, Amazon has also made its smaller Echo Dot smart speaker into a sphere as well. Despite its small size, the Echo Dot still manages to pack in three drivers for great sounds. You can also use the new Echo Dot as an alarm clock and you can tap it to snooze. The Echo Dot can come with a simple LED clock display for $49 or without it for $39.
There’s will also be a Kids Edition of the Echo Dot for $59 that features cute animal faces including a tiger and panda designs at launch.
eero 6 and eero Pro 6
Amazon has announced a new pair of Wi-Fi mesh routers and as their model name might suggest, they’re ready to support Wi-Fi 6, plus Zigbee to connect to your smart home devices. The eero 6 will retail for $129 and the eero Pro 6 will go for $229.
Ring Car Alarm
Ring has made a big splash in the home security world and now it’s coming to your car. The Ring Car Alarm is a small device that plugs into your automobile’s OBD-II port and once connected it adds intelligent sensors and another set of sirens to your car’s built-in alarm. Additionally, it connects with Amazon Sidewalk to help you locate your car in situations where you’ve forgotten where you parked it or it’s been stolen. The Ring Car Alarm retails for $59.
Ring Car Cam
If you want to add a bit of surveillance to your car alarm, the rin Car Cam is the perfect thing for you. Additionally, the Ring Car Cam includes a siren and emergency crash assistance. The Ring Car Cam retails for $199.
Ring Car Connect
Lastly, if you’re driving a car with its own built-in cameras, the Ring Car Connect is service for you. It’s a new API that leverages your car’s existing camera system to let you see what’s going on around your car at any point with the Ring app. Currently, Ring Car Connect is primarily compatible with Tesla’s S, 3, X, and Y models, but Amazon plans to push its API to all car manufacturers. Ring Car Connect is also a service that will cost $199.
Ring Always Home Cam
The Ring Always Home Cam is the first in-home flying security drone and as crazy as that sounds, it’s also incredibly cool. The drone is designed to fly out of its holding dock and patrol your home while you’re away. The Ring Always Home Cam also has sound and motion sensors, though there’s no word on battery life yet. The Ring Always Home Cam will retail for $249.
Amazon Echo Show
The Amazon Echo Show got a new design that makes it look like Apple HomePod with a screen glued onto it. Not that we’re complaining we like the old school sunflower design that we first saw from the iMac G4. Aside from the Amazon Echo Show looking like multiple Apple devices, the new form factor gives the Echo Show much better sounding 2.1 channel audio. The new Echo Show otherwise features a 10-inch screen and 13MP camera.
Additionally, the new design incorporates a motor that allows the Echo Show to rotate and follow you as you are on a video call or moving around your kitchen or living room. You can also control the Echo Show’s movement and use it as a security camera by setting the device into “sentry mode” through the app. The new Amazon Echo Show retails for $249.
Amazon Fire TV Stick
The new Fire TV Stick might not look very different but it’s much more capable now that its Dolby Atmos ready. Amazon also developed a whole new Fire TV user experience with simple tiles, a navigation bar with your favorite apps, and a new Alex hub to show you all the stuff you didn’t know Alexa could do. The Fire TV Stick Retails for $39 and it comes with an Alexa voice remote. Those that don’t need such a fancy remote controller with volume buttons, can get the Fire TV Stick Lite for $29.
Now we get to the biggest announcement of the show, Amazon’s cloud gaming service. The service serves as a direct competitor to Google Stadia and it’ll work on PC, Mac, smartphones, tablets, and Fire TV devices. Luna will work on a subscription basis to grant users access to a library of games similar to Xbox Game Pass.
Amazon’s cloud gaming service will launch with games such as Resident Evil 7, Control, A Plague Tale: Innocence, and Yooka-Laylee, and The Impossible Lair. Luna+, the name of the gaming streaming plan, offers up to 4K resolution at 60 fps for select titles and will allow subscribers to play on two separate devices at the same time.
Amazon has also developed a Luna controller that connects directly to your Wi-Fi in a similar way the Google Stadia controller did to minimize input lag. According to Amazon, the Luna controller’s “cloud direct technology” helps reduce latency by 20ms compared to playing with a Bluetooth controller paired to a Fire TV Stick.
Subscription pricing is set at $5.99 for early access users, though, you’ll also have to pick up a Luna Controller for $49.