Here’s the deluge of announcements from Amazon’s fall devices event

The Echo Show 15.
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Amazon just wrapped its fall devices event, and it was chock-full of news, including new Echo devices, new Ring products and services, and even a home assistant robot named Astro. It was a lot.

We’ve recapped the biggest news of the show right here, including links to many of the Verge articles going into more detail about what Amazon announced.

Amazon’s Astro home robot.
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Amazon’s Astro is the company’s new home robot

Amazon revealed a home assistant robot, called Astro, which can help with home security monitoring, act as a mobile device, and more. It has a 10-inch touchscreen that can show a “face,” and it scoots around your house on wheels. You can request an invite to buy it as part of Amazon’s Day 1 Edition program, and it costs $999.99. The robot will begin shipping to selected customers later this year.

The Echo Show 15.
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The Echo Show 15 is a 15-inch smart display that can hang on your wall

Amazon announced its biggest smart display yet, the $249.99 Echo Show 15. It has a 15.6-inch, 1080p HD display that’s designed to be a shared hub for families, and it has a new AZ2 chip. It will be available later this year.

Amazon’s new Echo Glow device.
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The Echo Glow is a video chat gadget with built-in games for kids

Amazon’s new Echo Glow is a videoconferencing device designed for kids. It has an eight-inch display to see friends or family members and a touch-sensitive tabletop projector gadget that can be used to play games, read books, and make art. It will have content from Disney, Nickelodeon, Mattel, and Sesame Workshop. If you want to try Glow, you can apply to the early access program, and if you’re selected, you can buy it for $249.99. When it is released to a wider audience, it will cost $299.99.

The Halo View.
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Amazon’s new Halo View is a Fitbit-like fitness tracker with a display

Amazon announced a new Fitbit-like fitness band with a color AMOLED display, called the Halo View. It costs $79.99 and comes with a full year of a Halo subscription membership. It will start shipping “in time for the holidays.”

Amazon also revealed new services for Halo members. One is an Apple Fitness Plus-like service called Halo Fitness, which will be available to Halo members later this year. The other is a MyFitnessPal-like nutrition-tracking service called Halo Nutrition, which will be rolling out in January 2022.

The Disney-themed Echo Show 5 stand.
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Disney’s new “Hey Disney” virtual assistant is built on Alexa

Amazon and Disney announced a new voice assistant called “Hey Disney,” which is built on Alexa. It offers a lot of Disney-themed Alexa experiences, and it will also be available in Walt Disney World Resort hotel rooms for better hospitality. The “Hey Disney” assistant is “expected next year,” though it’s a paid skill unless you are staying at one of the resorts. There’s also a new Mickey Mouse-themed Echo Show 5 stand, which is available to preorder Tuesday for $24.99.

Amazon’s Smart Thermostat.
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Amazon reveals a new Smart Thermostat

Amazon announced a new Smart Thermostat that works with Alexa, which it made in partnership with Resideo, the makers of Honeywell Home. It will cost $59.99, and preorders open Tuesday.

Ring’s Always Home Cam drone.
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You can request an invite for Ring’s Always Home Cam drone

Last year, Amazon revealed the Always Home Cam, which puts a Ring camera on a drone. If you’re interested in getting one, you can apply for an invite starting Tuesday. The drone costs $249.99.

The Ring Alarm Pro.
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Ring Alarm Pro combines Ring’s security system with an Eero

Amazon’s Ring Alarm Pro combines a Ring Alarm base station with an Eero Wi-Fi 6 router to serve as an all-in-one base station for your smart home. The Ring Alarm Pro will also support a feature called Ring Edge, which can process video from a connected Ring camera on the Alarm Pro (though it requires a Ring Protect subscription). The Ring Alarm Pro is available for preorder Tuesday starting at $249.99.

Ring Virtual Security guard will let an outside company monitor your Ring cameras

The new Virtual Security Guard subscription service lets a third-party company watch for motion events on your outdoor Ring cameras. You can add or remove cameras from the service whenever you want. If you’re interested in trying it out, you can apply for early access starting Tuesday.

A package alert from a Ring Video Doorbell.
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Ring Video Doorbells will finally be able to tell you when you’ve gotten a package

Ring Video Doorbells are finally getting the ability to alert you about a package. Package alerts will be available first for the Ring Pro 2 and Ring Video Doorbell (2020).

Ring Jobsite Security offers security for construction sites

Ring Jobsite Security is Amazon’s new security system designed for construction sites made in partnership with The Home Depot. It costs $399.99, and you can preorder it on The Home Depot’s website.

The new Blink Video Doorbell.
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Amazon’s new Blink products include a video doorbell

Amazon revealed three new Blink products on Tuesday. One is the Blink Video Doorbell, which costs $49.99 and is available for preorder Tuesday. Amazon also announced a Blink Floodlight Camera mount, which starts at $39.99 and is available for preorder Tuesday. In addition, Amazon showed a Blink Solar Panel Mount, which costs $129.98 and comes bundled with a Blink Outdoor security camera. It’s also available for preorder Tuesday.

Alexa Together is Amazon’s new service to care for family members remotely

Amazon’s new Alexa Together remote care subscription service will replace the free Alexa Care Hub in 2022 and adds new features like compatibility with fall detection services. Alexa Together will cost $19.99 per month, and you can try it for free for six months. And if you’re a current Care Hub subscriber, you’ll get a year of Alexa Together for free.

Sling TV is coming to Echo Show devices

Amazon said that Sling TV will be coming to all Echo Show devices. It will be arriving on devices in the US soon.

Amazon will let you teach Alexa custom sounds

Amazon’s new Custom Sound Detection will let users teach Alexa custom sounds, which could be useful to let you set smart home routines or trigger alerts.

Amazon is adding new content to its Kids Plus service

Amazon is bringing new content to its Kids Plus subscription service, which offers kid-friendly books, movies, games, and more. The new content includes Blippi’s Treehouse, Do Re & Mi, and Lego Monkie Kid.



Dang. I wanna know more about this.

Isn’t Ring system based on wireless like SimpliSafe and pretty easy to jam?

Exactly, I wanted to see a link, etc. for the Jobsite Security system. Great idea. It’s been surprising how little we hear about innovation in that field. Job sites such as homes and businesses (or in our area giant memory care facilities) always need better ways to keep intruders at bay because the losses can mount quickly.

Interested in particular how this would (could?) work on partially powered sites or if it would have cellular connection for incident reporting and the like. Just nerding out a bit.

Indoor monitoring drone? A tiny robot that follows you around the house? Looks like the future is here, but it just makes no sense.

Not follow you around the house – the drone can fly around the house to show you what your pets have been doing while you are away…its like putting a security camera in every room, but not….

Disabled by pets. Cats will swat it out of the air and dogs will chew it up.

As a pet deterrent, the drone is equipped to drop small bombs on anything moving below it. Your Prime subscription assures you a continuing supply of munitions at one low weekly price.

Thanks for the laugh!

I was really hoping they would have announced the rumored dash cam. I drive for Uber/Lyft on the weekend and would really like to buy what had been rumored online. I know there are lots of other brands out there but I’m a little wary of some of those brands and, unfortunately the only brand I’ve actually heard of before (Garmin) has ones that are both too expensive for what you get and don’t really have the features that I’m looking for.

Shame that I don’t like Amazon or Alexa enough because that 15 inch display does seem pretty neat.

Don’t worry, if it becomes popular, Google and others will do it too…

You have little control over what’s on that 15 inch screen. I think a used tablet would do better.

What’s the difference between the blink and ring doorbell? Isn’t that just the same thing by the same company?

It’s the future of competition, two highly competitive brands, just owned by the same Parent…

They need to work hard on the industrial design. Really hard. Everything looks somehow ugly.

I’m actually impressed how harmless Amazon has managed to make most of these products look, some dare I say even "cute." But be not deceived they are gathering a ton of information about you because you are ultimately not the customer. You are the product that is being sold to corporations.

They’re "cute" because they’re American knock-offs from mass-produced Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) designs.

And isn’t Amazon already the corporation, anyway?

And for some of these products (doorbells, security cams), what "tons" of information could they possibly be collecting? Like, how frequently do visitors press the doorbell rather than knock on the door? Or, how many leaves does it take to activate motion detection? (Hint: just a strong-enough wind gust to cause flowers to sway… that’s how much motion.)

Amazon is the corporation. I think you meant Google.

The Echo Show 15 looks really interesting. This sort of product has been something I have wanted for years. A screen for weather, and family scheduling that could take the place of the Family Planner Calendar on the wall in the Kitchen.

The Echo Glow, makes my inner 8 to 12 year old’s mouth water. I can see this being so much fun if they actually get any amount of content created for it. My adult brain on the other hand realizes it is just a concept beta product that is probably not going anywhere.

Halo View, as an Android phone using, dumb watch wearing person, I am tempted. Especially if I could get my phone notifications on it. As long as it is comfortable, I could see myself springing for this next time my watch breaks.

I’m hard pressed to think of a product announcement event I’ve been less Impressed by. Half of this stuff straight up doesn’t even have a clear use case. And they’re clearly aware of that because the first 10 seconds of their Astro ad straight up say WTF is it for, then proceed to spend the next two minutes flailing around, and failing, to find any answer to that question.

Newton, Firephone, Zune, Google Glass, Juicero,…..the bar is pretty low, my friend.

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