Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Amazon Echo Auto Brings Alexa To Your Old Car For $50

Amazon Echo Auto Brings Alexa To Your Old Car For $50

Amazon today refreshed its lineup of Echo devices in a big way, announcing next-generation Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Show smart speakers, plus some brand-new products like the Echo Sub, Echo Input, Echo Link-even an Echo Clock for your wall and Echo Auto for your vehicle. The cost is the same as the original Show at $229.99 and it is available today. Alexa is Amazon's artificial intelligence-based virtual assistant. Amazon's Echo Dot nabbed 18 percent of the market with 2.2 million units shipped. With Guard enabled, Alexa, can send you Smart Alerts with audio clips when specific sounds are detected, including breaking glass or smoke or Carbon dioxide alarms. You could previously use the Show to video call other users with Echo devices, so Skype will significantly broaden the range of who you can call. The device will cost $49 eventually, but for now it is invite only and will cost $24.99.

The Echo Link is created to connect to a receiver or amplifier, with multiple digital and analog inputs and outputs for compatibility with your existing stereo equipment. Instead, they "link" up to other Echos to work and play music. During the launch of the new iPhones, Apple also announced a small upgrade to its smart speaker, HomePod.

While the pictures make it look like the tablet is detachable, we think that's just a trick of the light.

Amazon has also boosted Alexa's short-term memory so that follow-up questions no longer require a wake word. We don't have all of the specs yet, but you know what they are - security cameras.

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Echo Wall Clock tells time and can help visualize timers.

Amazon Smart Plug: One of the most compelling onstage demos was built around this plug, although the plug is nothing special. It then asked if you wanted to rename that device, which you could do from the voice interface.

The AmazonBasics Microwave will come with dozens of quick-cook voice presets, so you can cook just by asking Alexa.

Amazon says it also integrated the Dash service into the microwave, so if you run low on popcorn or another microwaveable treat, it's easy to restock. The AmazonBasics Microwave is to pre-order starting today for $59.99 and will start shipping later this year. What's really surprising about the Home Hub is that it doesn't appear to have a front-facing camera, as pointed out by Android Authority.

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