Kindle Scribe, Halo Rise, new Echos announced

Amazon introduces four new Echo devices

Amazon Echo dot 2022

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Amazon has just announced four new Echo products: Echo Dot, Echo Dot with Clock, Echo Dot Kids, Echo Studio, and Echo Auto.

According to Amazon, the Echo Dot and Echo Dot with Clock provide up to two times more powerful bass than the previous generation. It also has a new temperature sensor, so it can do things like automatically turn on a smart fan when it gets too warm inside. Both devices also have new gesture controls and a new display. The coolest new feature is arguably the built-in Eero, which turns your device into a WiFi extender to improve network coverage in your home. The built-in Eero will also be rolled out to the older 4th generation Echo Dots and Echo Dots with Clock over the next few months.

The new Echo Dot Kids are now available in owl and dragon designs. The device comes with an annual Amazon Kids + subscription, offering content for kids including books, games, movies, songs and more.

The company also introduced a new, high-end Echo Studio. According to Amazon, the sound quality is even better thanks to the new surround sound processing technology and the extension of the frequency range.

Last but not least is the new Echo Auto, which has a new design and flexible mounting options. You can use Alexa to listen to music, make calls, and get hands-free roadside assistance.

The Dot is $ 49.99, the Dot with Clock and Echo Dot Kids are $ 59.99, the Echo Studio is $ 199.99, and the Echo Auto is $ 54.99. Pre-orders begin today, and devices will begin shipping next month.

–Zofia Pitt

Amazon has just introduced Halo Rise, a bedside sleep monitor for $ 139.99

Amazon has just unveiled a $ 139.99 non-contact sleep monitor called Halo Rise.

Amazon Halo sleep increase

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The company claims the device has environmental detection with a smart alarm and wake-up light, as well as machine learning and sensor technology to accurately detect sleep patterns.

The device comes with a six-month Halo membership and will ship later this year.

Halo Rise works with Alexa. It doesn’t require users to press a button or charge the battery, and helps determine all sleep stages, from REM to light and deep sleep, and provides users with a sleep rating.

–Zofia Pitt

Amazon announces the new Kindle Scribe you can write on

Amazon has just announced the new Kindle Scribe, the first Kindle you can write on.

Amazon Kindle Scribe

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It has a 10.2-inch display with a pen that allows you to take notes, create to-do lists and write directly on the pages of the book you are reading.

You can use Scribe to mark up PDF files and other documents. It can be weeks or weeks free of charge.

Pre-orders start today and will be shipped over the holiday season. The Scribe costs $ 339.99.

David Limp kicks off the Amazon hardware event with a Kindle showcase

David Limp, senior vice president of devices at Amazon, begins his Kindle demo.

–Zofia Pitt

The elephant-robot in the room

IRobot Roomba.

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One question that is likely to ask many people during the event: will Amazon mention Roomba iRobot?

Amazon announced the surprising news in August that it plans to acquire iRobot for around $ 1.7 billion, providing an injection in the shoulder of its hardware and robotics companies. iRobot is best known for its Roomba vacuum robots and mopping robots.

Amazon’s Astro home robot

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Amazon launched its own Astro consumer robot at last year’s hardware event. Astro is equipped with the Amazon Alexa digital assistant and can track users throughout the home. But it’s only available by invitation, and will have a steep price of $ 1,450 when released.

– Annie Palmer

Amazon’s hardware business is not very profitable

Amazon Echo group of smart speakers, including Echo Studio, Echo, and Echo Dot models, made September 24, 2020.

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Unlike Apple, which makes money by selling its flagship iPhone and other products, Amazon’s hardware business does not generate large profits and does not account for a significant portion of the company’s revenue.

Instead, Amazon is rolling out devices at very low prices to promote its other products and services. He hopes for every $ 99 Fire tablet sold, users will buy movies, audiobook subscriptions, and other items that tend to have higher margins.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos previously admitted that the retail giant is not expecting a profit on its devices.

Even if it’s not a lucrative business, the growing range of Echo Smart Speakers, Ring Tones, and Fire TV Sticks are helping to extend the reach of your smart home business. They also help in servicing other fast-growing companies such as advertising.

– Annie Palmer

There may be surprises

You can usually expect new Echos, Fire TV and the like at these events, but sometimes Amazon has a few surprises. One year, for example, she announced the Echo Frames. Last year, he launched a smart frame that hangs on the wall. He also used his fall event to announce a security drone that flies around your home. But it hasn’t started yet.

Note: Amazon has just updated its Fire tablets, so we probably won’t see anything new there today.

– Todd Haselton

Amazon introduces new gadgets just in time for Prime Day 2.0

The Amazon hardware event is well planned. The company plans to hold another Prime Day-style rebate bonanza next month, and for the first time in the same year has organized two transaction-related events.

Amazon usually gives discounts on its own gadgets during these events. In recent years, Amazon branded devices such as the Echos, Fire TV, and Kindles have also been among the best sellers on Prime Day (which usually takes place in summer) and on busy holiday shopping days such as Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday.

– Annie Palmer

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