At their annual fall product launch event, Amazon showcased a range of new hardware and software features that promise to change the way we interact with our smart homes.
Alexa Gets Smarter
Amazon’s star digital assistant, Alexa, is about to become even more intelligent and conversational. Powered by generative AI, Alexa is set to provide more natural and fluid interactions. Customers in the U.S. can soon experience this enhanced Alexa’s capabilities by saying, “Alexa, let’s chat” to their Echo devices.
Alexa’s Expanded Features
Alexa isn’t just getting smarter; it’s also becoming more versatile. Amazon is introducing a range of features to make your life more accessible, safe, and entertaining. Some highlights include:
Eye Gaze Mode. This feature allows customers with speech or mobility disabilities to control Alexa via eye movement. It provides hands-free access to various tasks and communication.
Call Translation. Alexa’s audio and video calls can now be translated in real time. It will now be easier for two people with no common language to speak with each other.
Alexa Emergency Assist. Subscribers can access fast assistance. Features like Urgent Response, Smart Alerts, and Emergency Contacts are included.
Game Start Routines. You can create customized routines that kick in when your favorite sports team starts playing.
Email to Alexa. You can easily manage your family calendar by sending event details directly to Alexa.
Top Connections. Quickly initiate calls or drop-ins with your favorite contacts or frequently used devices.
Profile-level Voice Customization. Customize Alexa’s voice for individual profiles. Options include accents, gender, and speaking rate.
AI Art on Fire TV. Transform your Fire TV into an AI-generated art canvas by providing voice prompts.
Echo Frames: Smart Glasses Redefined
The second generation Echo Frames are smart glasses that integrate Alexa into your daily activities. This includes adding items to your shopping list and controlling your home’s lighting. Echo Frames come in various style options and lens choices, including UV400 protection, prescription-ready, or blue light lenses. They are also splash and scratch-resistant. You’ll get extended battery life and convenient wireless charging.
Echo Show 8: Elevating Video Calls and More
The Echo Show 8 receives a sleek upgrade, featuring improved video call capabilities, immersive audio, and intelligent room adaptation technology. The device now offers adaptive content based on your proximity. This makes it easier to read from a distance while transitioning to touch-friendly interfaces as you approach.
Photo Sharing for Enhanced Connectivity
Later this fall, Amazon is introducing photo sharing across Fire TV and Echo Show devices. Users can initiate a photo frame slideshow with a simple voice command. Echo Show 8 Photos Edition comes with a subscription called PhotosPlus. It emphasizes personal photo content on your screen.
Echo Hub: Centralized Smart Home Control
Amazon unveils the Echo Hub, a wall-mountable smart home control panel powered by Alexa. It has an eight-inch touchscreen and customizable dashboard. This simplifies controlling all your smart home devices. Echo Hub supports various smart device standards. It even offers faster local connectivity, with commands executed in milliseconds. Coming in at a modest $179, it brings centralized control within reach for many.
Map View: Streamlined Smart Home Management
Amazon introduces Map View, enabling users to create a digital map of their home’s layout and pin connected devices for easy management. This centralized approach eliminates the need to scroll through lists or remember device names. It provides a convenient overview of your smart home.
eero Max 7: Supercharged Connectivity
Amazon introduces the eero Max 7, its fastest Wi-Fi mesh system yet. It boasts Wi-Fi 7 technology. This cutting-edge system offers remarkable download speeds and improved mesh latency. It provides blazing-fast internet connectivity.
Amazon’s latest offerings and enhancements are propelling the smart home experience into the future. Welcome to the era of smart homes.