If you’ve been looking for more ways to get Alexa into your life, you will be delighted to learn that Amazon has you covered. Last week the company announced 15 new devices that offer Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant, so you can use Alexa’s skills anywhere you go.
These 15 devices not only offer new features for Alexa, they bring Alexa into more areas of your life. No longer will you be without Alexa when you leave home. Alexa can follow you wherever you go.
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Echo Flex may be the least expensive way to get Alexa into your home. This Alexa smart speaker plugs directly into the wall and has a USB port so you can charge your other devices or add an optional night light.
Echo Flex is $24.99 and is available for pre-order from Amazon now with delivery on November 7.
The Echo Glow smart lamp works with Alexa and can be controlled by touch. Change the color of the light, set the light to turn on gradually as an alarm, or use the rainbow feature as a countdown to an event.
Echo Glow is available for pre-order now for $29.99 from Amazon with delivery on November 20.
Echo Dot with Clock
A new Echo Dot was announced that has LED lights that can display the time, temperature, or upcoming alarm.
The new Echo Dot with Clock sells for $59.99 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon with availability beginning on October 16.
New Ring Cameras
Keep watch over your home with the Ring Indoor Camera that helps you see, hear and talk to people in your house. This camera connects to Alexa so you can see a live video stream using your Echo Show or Spot, or the Ring app on your phone.
Amazon also introduced the Ring Stick Up Camera Battery that works both indoors and outdoors. Powered by a battery, the Stick Up Camera can show a live stream of what’s happening outside your home, even away from an outlet.
The Ring Indoor Camera is available from Amazon for $59.99. The Ring Stick Up Camera Battery is available for pre-order at $99.99 and will be released on October 23. Ring Stick Up Camera Solar will also be available for $148.99.
Earlier this year, Amazon purchased Eero and has now announced the first Eero product since the acquisition. This new Eero can be controlled by Alexa using your voice.
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Eero is now available as a single Wi-Fi extender for smaller spaces. The new Eero router is available from Amazon for $99.
Amazon introduced Echo Buds wireless Bluetooth earbuds that work with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. These earbuds come with Bose Active Noise Reduction Technology to minimize background noise.
Echo Buds not only play what you command using a digital assistant, they also allow pass-through sound. Switch between the two with a double-tap so you can listen to music, then amplify a conversation around you.
Echo Buds are available for pre-order for $129.99 from Amazon with delivery on October 30.
Want the convenience of wearable technology but don’t want a smartwatch? Amazon may have your solution with the Echo Loop ring. This ring comes with a microphone and speaker, and gives a new meaning to the phrase, “Talk to the hand.”
Use Echo Loop to summon Alexa to make phone calls, send text messages, and perform other Alexa skills. This titanium ring connects to the Alexa app on your phone and is activated by a click of a button on the ring.
Loop is splash-proof so you can wash your hands without having to take it off. But Amazon doesn’t recommend that you swim or shower when wearing Loop.
Echo Loop is currently available by invitation only for $129.99 and will eventually be available to the public for $179.99.
Echo Show 8
The next generation of Echo Show, the Echo Show 8, comes with an 8 inch (20 cm) HD screen and upgraded speakers. For those concerned with having a camera on their Echo devices, Amazon has included a sliding cover to block the camera lens.
Echo Show 8 will be available on November 21 and can be pre-ordered now from Amazon for $129.99.
Take Alexa with you wherever you go with Echo Frames. Similar to Bose Frames, Echo Frames are eyeglass frames with a smart speaker built into them. Have your optician add your prescription lenses, then use Echo Frames with the Alexa app.
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This video from Amazon shows how Echo Frames work:
Echo Frames are available by invitation only from Amazon. The initial price will be $179.99. After Amazon Frames are launched to the public the price will be $249.99.
Echo Frames currently only work with Android phones.
Amazon is bringing Alexa’s ability to play music into a better speaker. Echo Studio is a smart speaker with higher quality sound than other Echo devices and adapts to the dimensions of the room it’s in when playing 3D audio.
Echo Studio will be available on November 7 and is available for pre-order now from Amazon for $199.
Amazon Smart Oven
Amazon introduced a smart oven that works with Alexa that can sit on your countertop or be built into the wall. This smart oven is a 4-in-1 convection oven, microwave, air fryer, and food warmer that’s big enough to cook a 5 lb. (2.3 kg) chicken.
Scan a barcode on packaged food with the Alexa app to program the smart oven for cooking time and temperature. Have Alexa alert you when a meal is finished cooking.
The Alexa Smart Oven is available from Amazon for pre-order at $249.99 and comes with an Echo Dot included. Delivery will begin on November 14.
Sidewalk is a wireless Wi-Fi router that Amazon is developing, with a range of between 500 – 1600 meters (1/3 to 1 mile), designed to connect the Internet to low-power devices from afar. This product is still being tested by Amazon and may be available next year.
Fetch is a dog-tracking device that attaches to your dog’s collar and can alert you to when your pup leaves your yard. It’s designed to connect to Amazon Sidewalk routers to help you track your pets as they wander far from home.
Fetch is still in development and Amazon plans to release it next year.
New Alexa Voice
The familiar Alexa voice will soon no longer be your only option. Instead, you can soon use the voice of Samuel L. Jackson, for a bit of fun with Alexa.
Imagine the surprise of your guests as you ask Alexa a question and Samuel L. Jackson responds! But be careful, Samuel L. Jackson isn’t Alexa and his responses may not be suitable for children or those who may be offended by profanity.
You will have the option of turning his profanity on or off in the Alexa app.
Mr. Jackson’s voice will respond to request for the weather, music, alarms, and more. But he won’t be able to respond to all of Alexa’s skills.
This Amazon video shows you the fun you can have with Samuel L. Jackson as the new voice of Alexa:
Samuel L. Jackson’s voice for Alexa will be available later this year for $0.99 initially, then increase to $4.99. Amazon said that other celebrity voices will eventually become available, but didn’t specify which ones.
Are you interested in any of these new devices? Do you like the idea of having Alexa available wherever you go? Do you want Samuel L. Jackson to be your voice of Alexa?
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