Amazon is holding a surprise hardware event in Seattle today. The online retailer is expected to unveil new Alexa-powered devices, just ahead of the busy holiday season. Amazon’s event kicks off at 10:30AM PT / 1:30PM ET, and The Verge will be live covering the news as it happens.
Amazon hasn’t refreshed its Echo hardware since the company introduced a white version of the Alexa-powered speaker last year, and recent price drops have hinted that a new device could be near. Amazon’s existing Echo speaker is currently “unavailable” at the company’s online store right now, so we’re expecting to see something new. Amazon could also be readying a new Fire TV set-top box with support for Alexa, or a refreshed Fire TV Stick to better compete with Google’s Chromecast.
Alexa-powered smart glasses might be on the way
Other recent rumors have suggested Amazon might be preparing a new security camera, separate from the company’s Echo Look product that was launched earlier this week. The Financial Times reported last week that Amazon is working on a home security camera and a pair of smart glasses with Alexa integration. The glasses will reportedly look like regular spectacles with bone-conduction technology so owners can hear Alexa without the need for earphones or conventional speakers.
Amazon’s event today comes less than 24 hours after Google moved to block YouTube on the Echo Show. While we probably won’t find out more about that particular battle, we’ll find out exactly what Amazon hardware is on the way at 10:30AM PT / 1:30PM ET. Stay tuned to The Verge for all the latest news.