If you love Alexa like I do, then this news will excite you beyond imagination. You see, when I started to integrate Alexa into my home around 2 years ago, I always felt something was missing during my interaction with Alexa. When I got my first Mi Band fitness tracker, it hit me that the missing piece was a wearable device for Alexa. So I promptly sent an email to Amazon suggesting to them that they should develop wearable devices that users can interact with Alexa on the go. They thank me for the suggestion and even sent me a $20 gift voucher for that. So much for a multi-million idea.
Anyway fast forward to today, Amazon finally announces 3 wearable echo devices and 5 more devices meant for home. They are…
Wearable Echo Devices
Echo Buds – Wireless earbuds with Bose Active Noise Reduction Technology and hands-free access to Alexa for $129.99.
They are available for pre-order now and should ship on 30 Oct 2019.
Echo Frames – All-day glasses with hands-free access to Alexa, available by invitation for $179.99.
This device is not a smart glass like Google Glass because it doesn’t have a display or camera but it does have a mic and speaker built-in so you can speak to Alexa and hear her responses, make phone calls or even listening to music. It also play nice with other smart assistants such as Google Assistant or Siri.
Echo Loop – A smart ring that provides quick access to Alexa on-the-go, available by invitation for $129.99.
Another option to bring Alexa wherever you go is via a magic ring to rule them all. Well, it doesn’t give you the power of invisibility nor forge in a volcano, but this one does give you the power to control your home and make phone call. Like the Echo Frames, you can also use it to interact with other smart assistants like Google Assistant or Siri. It comes with 4 sizes to fit any fingers you like.
New Echo Devices for Home
All-new Echo – Updated fabric design and even better sound, still only $99.99.
The next-generation Echo features an updated fabric design with color options for any style—including Twilight Blue, Charcoal, Heather Grey, and Sandstone. Echo has the same audio architecture as Echo Plus, including a 3-inch woofer and increased back volume so the bass feels stronger, and the mids and highs are clearer.
Echo Flex—A plug-in smart speaker with Alexa for $24.99.
Echo Flex is the most affordable way to add Alexa to any space in your home. It plugs directly into a standard electrical outlet, making it perfect for those places in your home where cords can be a hassle like the hallway, garage, or bathroom. Simply ask Alexa to control compatible smart home devices, make an announcement, or check the score of a favorite sports team, and responses will come through the small speaker on the device that’s been optimized for Alexa’s voice. Echo Flex also has a built-in USB port so you can easily charge your phone or add an optional accessory, like a Smart Night Light or Motion Sensor, all while using only one outlet.
Echo Dot with clock—Now with a simple, bright LED display for $59.99
Echo Dot with clock starts with the best-selling Echo device ever, and adds a simple, bright LED display that makes it the perfect addition to a nightstand or countertop. The LED display automatically adjusts based on the brightness of the room, so you can easily see the time or ask to see the temperature outside, as well as set a morning alarm or pasta timer. Plus, you can tap the top of the device to conveniently snooze an alarm.
Echo Show 8—Versatile 8-inch HD display, crisp and powerful audio, and a camera with a built-in shutter for $129.99.
With a vivid 8-inch HD display, crisp and powerful audio, and a built-in camera shutter, Echo Show 8 is our most versatile smart display yet. Simply ask Alexa to play your favorite episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel or Carnival Row on Prime Video. Plus, through a new integration with Food Network, you can watch episodes of cooking shows from Bobby Flay, Giada de Laurentiis, and more—and when you see a recipe you like, all you have to do is ask Alexa to save the recipe to view it later. Food Network Kitchen subscribers will also be able to take live and on demand cooking classes from Food Network chefs, get step-by-step cooking instructions, and have access to tens of thousands of recipes.
Echo Studio—Immersive 3D audio, pairs with select Fire TV devices for audio playback, and a smart home hub for only $199.99.
With five built-in directional speakers, Echo Studio has been purposefully engineered to create premium sound with space, clarity, and depth. Its 5.25-inch woofer and 330W of peak power produce deep, rich bass by using the bass port at the bottom to maximize airflow and bass output from the woofer. Echo Studio has a 1-inch tweeter and three 2-inch midrange speakers delivering dynamic midranges and crisp, high frequencies. Plus, it has a 24-bit DAC and a power amplifier with 100 kHz of bandwidth for high-res, lossless music playback, available via Amazon Music HD. Echo Studio also automatically senses the acoustics of your space and fine-tunes audio playback to deliver optimal sound—no matter where you put the device in the room.