Amazon Debuts Sphere-Shaped Echo Speaker, Ring Home Security Drone, Luna Cloud Gaming Service and More

Amazon today announced the launch of its fourth-generation Echo speaker, which features a new spherical design and improved sound performance thanks to a three-inch woofer, dual-firing tweeters, and new Dolby processing.

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The $100 fabric-covered speaker comes in three colors, including black, blue, and white, and it's accompanied by a built-in smart home hub with Zigbee, Bluetooth Low Energy, and Amazon Sidewalk integration. Amazon Sidewalk extends the range of devices like the Ring and includes support for Tile devices.

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The new Echo is equipped with an AZ1 Neural Edge processor that moves speech recognition on-device for faster than ever response times to requests.

Alongside the new sphere-shaped Echo, there's a spherical Echo Dot that's priced at $50 and a kid's version that comes with animal face designs and is priced at $60, along with an updated $250 Echo Show that has the same AZ1 neural processor plus a 10-inch display, the ability to pivot, and a 13-megapixel camera.

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A Guard Plus feature, priced at $4.99 per month, allows Alexa devices to listen for sounds like footfalls or doors opening and closing and it can play fake sounds like a dog barking to scare off intruders. Amazon also unveiled Alexa Care Hub, a feature designed to let users monitor a family member's home.

There are new Eero 6 and Eero Pro 6 WiFi 6 mesh systems available, and for Ring, Amazon is adding end-to-end encryption for videos. A new Ring Car Alarm is meant to be plugged into the car's OBD-II port and it includes built-in sirens and sensors to monitor for car theft.

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A Ring Car Cam is Amazon's new in-car security solution, and it too includes a siren and emergency crash assist functionality. The Ring Car Alarm is priced at $60, while the Ring Car Cam is priced at $200.

Also new in the Ring family is the $250 Always Home Cam, which is a drone-based security system that can fly to different places in the house from a home dock. It basically flies around the house on pre-set paths, recording while in motion.

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Amazon introduced an updated $40 Fire TV Stick with HDR, Dolby Atmos Support, and an Alexa Remote, plus there's a Lite version that has a simplified remote for $30. To compete with Apple Arcade and other streaming gaming services, Amazon's final announcement was Luna, a game streaming service.

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Luna works cross-platform on Macs, PCs, Fire TV, smartphones, and tablets, and it will be compatible with Apple devices, according to Amazon, because it is designed to be a web app and is not subject to Apple's rules.

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Luna will be priced at $5.99 per month, and Amazon has designed the Luna Controller, to go along with it. The $50 controller has "cloud direct technology" to cut down on latency, essentially connecting the controller directly to Amazon's servers.

Top Rated Comments

bobmans Avatar
7 months ago
Imagine waking up in the middle of the night and seeing your newly bought amazon drone camera recording you while you're sleeping.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
itsmilo Avatar
7 months ago
That always home drone thing is just CREEPY and I am saying this as a echo owner
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rictus007 Avatar
7 months ago
A flying camera watching my home? Skynet?
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
erinsarah Avatar
7 months ago

That always home drone thing is just CREEPY and I am saying this as a echo owner
While I completely agree with you, I want this to follow my dog around so that when he sneaks into the a random room upstairs and starts eating the furniture, I can be notified.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cknibbs Avatar
7 months ago
At a quick glance the Show almost looked like an old iMac... which was the best designed iMac IMHO
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
erinsarah Avatar
7 months ago

Who tf wants a flying camera in their house?? I don't even understand what the purpose is...
If Luke Skywalker could use it to learn how to swing a light saber, surely you could find a use for it in your home.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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