Amazon surprised us with its new "Autumn Equipment and Services" event, along with anticipated updates to its Echo, Fire TV, and Ring line of products. The event is helping Amazon create buzz as we kick off the holiday shopping season, and for the first time . (The annual sale usually happens in July, but this year it's slated to start October 13th.) That means placing Alexa everywhere – inside and outside of homes – and speaking to them Concerns that were big storylines for both Ring and Alexa in 2019. In today's home existence, where millions of us have huddled together for the long haul, the concepts for connected homes that Amazon has developed for years are more relevant than ever.
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The company's Echo and Fire TV products will be the first to receive sustainability badges and are working to reduce power consumption for devices with a new power saving mode and an Alexa built-in power dashboard. Amazon also promised to build solar and wind farms to produce energy that is equivalent to the consumption of all of its devices.
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The company has launched a cloud gaming service in addition to Amazon Web Services that can run on PCs, Fire TVs, and even iOS. There is a Luna Plus games channel with a number of curated games, and Amazon is working with publisher Ubisoft to ensure some games are available for day 1.
It has a custom $ 50 controller that connects directly to the cloud rather than the local device.
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This is the custom controller that connects directly to the cloud. According to Amazon, the round trip latency is reduced by 17 milliseconds to 30 ms compared to a controller connected to a PC, Mac or Fire TV via Bluetooth.
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The fourth generation Echo has been redesigned with a new spherical shape and can adapt to the room acoustics. It includes features that were previously included in the Echo Plus. It is also a bridge to the Amazon Sidewalk network and includes neural network technology to speed up Alexa.
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It gets the same redesign as the spherical Echo, but now has a sleek cloth cover and a better speaker.
The Kids Edition is also spherical and offers some kid-friendly features. It contains voice profiles for the kids and Sidekick that Alexa can use to read to them.
It now has ZigBee and Sidewalk hubs and is quiet when it pans in your direction. There's a built-in camera shutter for privacy, and all Echo devices have a command to review privacy settings and "delete everything I've ever said". It will also support Hulu, Netflix, and Prime Video.
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The Pro 6 is basically the same as the Eero 6, but designed for higher bandwidths – up to gigabits as opposed to 500Mbps connections.
Ring Car Products: $ 60- $ 200
Three new auto-centric ring products
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The $ 200 Ring Car Cam enables users to document traffic stops, collisions, and other road incidents.
When debuting with Tesla, the $ 200 connect uses a vehicle's built-in external cameras to record video in case something happens to the car while driving or parking.
Finally, Ring's $ 60 car alarm plugs into your car's onboard diagnostic port and uses sound and acceleration sensors to monitor the vehicle for bumps, break-ins, tows, or other events.
There aren't any product pages on Amazon yet, but we'll add them here when they arrive.
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It's similar to the brand new Fire TV Stick, but it lacks the built-in TV controls on the remote.
Correction, September 24th: The Fire TV Stick's maximum resolution is 1080p, not 4K as stated in an earlier version of this story.
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