Amazon’s annual hardware event took place on September 25th in Seattle. This event wasn’t streamed live unlike other hardware events. The company announced various new products especially when it comes to its home speaker, Amazon Echo. Here are the biggest announcements from Amazon’s 2019 fall hardware event:
Echo Loop: Amazon announced Echo Loop, a smart ring that nudges you with vibrations. The ring is built with a titanium frame and looks rather large. The ring features a haptic engine and two microphones. It will be launched for $129. The ring will be sold in an invite-only program to start.
Echo Frames: Amazon announced Echo Frames that look like regular eyeglasses, but don’t have a display or a camera. They feature discreet microphones so you can chat with Alexa without getting out of your phone. These will start at $179. Like Echo Loop, the frames will be released with invite-only program.
Echo Buds: Amazon’s debut headphones, Echo Buds feature dual armature drivers in each bud so they should be balanced in sound. Amazon says that they feature five hours of continuous battery life, with up to 20 hours with the included case.
Alexa Smart Oven: After last year’s Alexa-powered microwave, Amazon has announced the Alexa Smart Oven. It’s a microwave, and it can also handle convection, cooking and air frying. You can even scan barcodes on food items and Alexa will give you suggested cooking times. It’s available for pre-order for $249.99.
Other products: The company also announced other big products including:
- Ring indoor camera – $59.99
- Echo Flex – $24.99
- All-new Eero – $99 and $249 for set of 3
- Echo Glow – $29.99
- Echo Show 8 – $129
- Echo Studio – $199
- New version of base Echo speaker – $99.99
The company will also debut new voices for Amazon Alexa, including Samuel L. Jackson and yes, there’s an explicit version of his voice that incorporates swears. Jackson is the first celebrity to have his voice used in Amazon’s “neural text-to-speech.”