Amazon adds ways to access its Alexa voice assistant wherever its customers go.
The company has announced a plethora of devices Wednesday, including the Echo Buds, Echo Frames, and Echo Loop, which are wireless headphones, eyeglass frames, and a ring, respectively, that each come with Alexa access.
The glasses and ring are offered as “Day 1 Editions,” products that Amazon says are offered as part of an invitation-only program. Echo frames are prescription lens ready, according to Amazon. contrary to from google earlier attempt at smart glasses – the Google Glass – Amazon specs don’t come with a camera or display. But users who pair them with an Android phone can make calls or listen to audio through four micro speakers that direct sound to their ears and minimize the sound heard by others.
The Echo Loop, which works with Androids and iPhones, vibrates when a user receives a notification or an incoming call. It also has two microphones and the smallest speaker Amazon has ever included on an Echo device.
While the frames and buckle are by invitation only, Amazon’s other Echo products are available for pre-order. The AirPods-Competing Echo Buds are priced at $ 129.99 and have up to five hours of music playback or four hours of call time on a full charge, according to Amazon. They can connect to Alexa through Amazon’s Alexa phone app, and users can also use them for tasks like finding a nearby cafe or ordering an Uber.
The new Echo devices also include the Echo Flex, a pluggable smart speaker; the Echo Dot with clock, which displays the time, outside temperature, timers and alarms; the Echo Show 8, with an 8-inch screen and a camera with shutter; Echo Studio with five directional speakers and an updated base Echo.
Amazon also announced some smart home devices, including a voice-activated oven for $ 249.99. When paired with an Echo, Amazon said the Amazon Smart Oven can preheat, start and stop cooking, and it will notify the owner when it’s preheated or the food is ready. Cooks can also scan the barcode on packaged foods from hundreds of brands, and the company has said the oven will know what to do.
The company is also adding features to Alexa, including a system capable of alerting an owner of an activated smoke detector or glass breakage, managing Wi-Fi access, such as pausing it at dinner time and keep track of a house’s household supplies inventory like the air. filters, batteries or ink cartridges.
Daniel Rausch, vice president of smart home at Amazon, said the company’s customers want smart home technology to make everyday tasks easier, but also easy to set up.
“We think customers will be excited about what we have to come this fall: more ways to find smart home devices they can set up in minutes, new Alexa features that take the stress out of being away home and new products that help families enjoy great meals together or just have a little fun.