Amazon unleashed the latest wave of its Echo smart speakers, a new Amazon Smart Thermostat, the Halo View health and fitness band and a heap of other devices at its invite-only product launch on Tuesday. Amazon once again takes aim at Google, Apple, Ecobee and others as it vies for a place in your heart and home. But the biggest reveal wasthat will be available starting at $1,000 (more below). You can sign up today to receive an invite. Astro will ship later this year.
Together, the devices include bigger screens, more customization, additional privacy settings and facial recognition. The product launch also included a new lineup of Ring security products. Here’s are the big takeaways about how and when to buy Amazon’s newest devices (for example, the Amazon Glow is invite-only). Here’s what to know. This is a developing story. More updates are coming soon.
Astro is a new robot that brings AI to your home. You can sign-up to request an invite today and Astro will ship later this year. It’s an adorable robot that follows voice commands and keep an eye on your home with its periscope camera. Astro can show a live view via the mobile app, so you can check on your home when you’re away. Astro works with Alexa Together and Ring Protect Pro. The purchase comes with a 6-month free trial of Ring Protect Pro. But Amazon doesn’t sacrifice privacy with this home robot. Astro comes with these features:
- No-go zones
- Do not disturb features
- Alexa’s standard privacy features
Amazon partnered with Honeywell Home to create an ENERGY STAR© certified smart thermostat that competes with Nest. Most customers may be able to get the thermostat for free after utility rebates. It’s an Amazon Alexa-enabled thermostat that supports routines and automatically adjusts temperatures. It’s available for preorder now and will ship starting Nov. 4. Here are a few of the top features you can look forward to.
- Control the thermostat using the Alexa app or voice commands
- An energy dashboard to breakdown your usage on your Echo device or the Alexa app
- Thermostat Hunches to automatically adjust the temperature
This upgrade to the Echo Show is bigger than later models. It has a design similar to the Samsung Frame TV. The smart hub also has facial recognition, tightening the competition with Apple and personalized to-do lists, like Google’s Hub Max.
The kid-friendly Amazon smart device is brand new and much different from the Echo Glow. The latest model now has a tall 14-inch display but doesn’t have Amazon Alexa. Instead, kids can use a silicone mat for interactive games, books, and more — all while on a video call from the Amazon Glow. You can request an invite to the Glow program today.
The Halo View is a new addition to Amazon’s Halo family. It now comes with a touchscreen display. Halo Nutrition and Halo Fitness will be included in the Halo membership to promote healthy eating and movement. It favors the Halo in several ways, including the movement, emotional tone and the camera’s body analyses. Plus, it still works with the original Halo band.