Amazon on Thursday launched at least 13 new hardware products at an event hosted at its Seattle headquarters, ranging from a DVR to a microwave oven to a wall clock (yes, really), all with compatibility with its Alexa voice assistant.
No longer a plastic hockey puck, the new Echo Dot is fabric-covered with improved sound, but will still sell for $50. Preorders start today.
The Echo Input is designed to connect other speakers to Alexa. It's basically an Echo Dot without a built-in speaker. It costs $35.
The Input is coming this year to the US, UK and Germany.
Amazon is adding the ability for many of its Echo speakers to "stereo pair," so if you have two of them, one can be the left channel and one can be the right. And to enhance the bass, there's the new Echo Sub, a $130 subwoofer that adds the ".1" channel to the setup.
Amazon first introduced the $150 Echo Plus last year, improving the audio of its original smart speaker and making the Plus more connective to separate smart-home devices.
Stereo pairing: Connect two Alexa smart speakers to create a stereo pair. Just plug in, open the Alexa app on your phone, and you can connect your Echo devices wirelessly to control music with your voice.
The new $150 Echo Plus adds a temperature sensor and a new fabric design, similar to the new Echo Dot's.
The $300 Amp gives you a built-in amplifier, while the $200 Link allows you to control your current AV receiver. Both require a separate Echo device to work with Alexa as there are no mics or speakers built in.
If you've been wanting to beef up the quality of your audio and mix in some music control, you'll be able to soon.
The Echo Link Amp arrives early next year, while Echo Link will debut later this year.
The revamped design features a 10-inch display and improved audio quality with an eight-microphone array and better bass response.
The coax connector lets you connect an antenna to record over-the-air broadcasts. It will be available later this fall in two versions: the two-tuner 500GB model for $230, and the four-tuner version with 1TB of storage for $280.
Yep, it's a wall clock. With Alexa inside. An Echo companion, you can use it to set timers or alarms, among other things.
Alexa will still be able to control things, even if your web connection goes down.
Alexa Hunches: Amazon's new machine learning software is supposed to make suggestions about your smart home. Are you going to sleep? Hunches might ask if you want to lock your front door.
Hey, just like the packaging! Amazon Wi-Fi Simple Setup: Let Alexa share your Wi-Fi details with smart-home devices.
Got a smart lock from Schlage, Yale, Danalock or Kwikset and a Ring doorbell? Your Ring app can now control them both.