From the new ring indoor flying drone cameras to an adorable new kid's version of one of its most popular Amazon Jeff Bezos' Seattle retailer introduced a number of new hardware extras just before the holiday shopping season.
Amazon kicked off its latest hardware showcase by unveiling a new version of the company's Echo devices that now includes spherical speakers (with a version for kids with cute animal graphics). Amazon also unveiled an updated, more personalized echo feature and a new tracking feature for Show 10 that mirrors the Facebook portal in its ability to follow users as they move around a room.
Ring new things
Ring also had a lot to offer at the Amazon Hardware Show. The security camera company is updating its line of products with the Always Home Cam, a small drone that can be scheduled to fly preset paths that users can choose themselves.
It also introduced new hardware for the automotive market with three different devices for car owners. A ring car alarm that retails for $ 59.99; and the Car Cam and Car Connect are each $ 199.99. Ring Car Alarm provides basic functionality that works with the Ring app and sends out alerts to trigger a range of potential responses. The alarm can also be integrated into other Ring devices or Amazon Alexa hardware and connects via Amazon's wireless sidewalk network protocol with low bandwidth.
With the Car Cam, users can video-check their cars as long as they are within range of a WiFi network, or sign up for the additional LTE companion plan that Ring is selling. The camera also includes an emergency crash assist function that notifies first responders and a recording function that is activated when a user says, "Alexa, I'll be run over". After all, the car is connecting an API that manufacturers, starting with Tesla, can be used to provide Ring customers with mobile notifications for events related to vehicles or to view footage captured with onboard cameras.
Ring has also added new end-to-end video encryption for users who wish.
New ways to fire TV
The company's TV platform has been updated several times. Probably the biggest is the addition of the new, lower-cost Fire TV Stick Lite for $ 29.99. For $ 39.99, you can get the new Fire TV Stick, which offers a 50% faster process. The platform also adds video calling – a nice addition to the work from home age – as well as a new, improved layout.
Amazon goes ga-ga for games
Last but not least, Amazon announced its new game streaming platform Luna.
Google's long-awaited gaming competitor Stadiums and Microsoft xCloud launches an early access version at a price of $ 5.99 per month. Users can stream titles wirelessly without downloading games and can play on PC, Mac and iOS (over the Internet).
Initially, the company will have more than 50 titles in the Luna + App, including at least one Sonic title and controls from Remedy Entertainment. A partnership with Ubisoft is in the works, but access to these games may require a separate subscription.