Amazon today, 28th of September 2021, at its annual fall hardware event announced the launch of its first household robot, a new Alexa-powered robot called Astro, a new Echo Show 15 smart screen, a thermostat, a new fitness tracker amongst others.
“I believe the Astro robot will sell out in minutes when it becomes available in the US market, I’m just disappointed that it won’t be available in the UK for a long time.” – Mr Wood predicted.
An Inexpensive Thermostat
The company collaborated with Honeywell, an appliance maker, to create a simple-looking smart thermostat for $59, which is far less than the average smart home thermostat. It connects to most existing HVAC systems and performs standard thermostat functions like scheduling when to lower or raise your home’s temperature. According to Amazon, customers will be able to meet their environmental goals thanks to potential energy savings. November 4th is when it is expected to be launched.
Amazon also launched a new subscription service called “Alexa Together,” which is aimed at families with elderly relatives who are still living independently but may require additional assistance. The $19.99 a month subscription builds on Amazon’s current Alexa Care Hub, an earlier investment in elder care, by incorporating many of Care Hub’s functions while also introducing new safeguards, such as an urgent response option and access to a professional emergency helpline in case of an accident. In 2022, it will replace Amazon’s current (and free) Care Hub, allowing caregivers to provide tech help, set up routines on loved one’s devices, monitor assistant activity, and even play music. New consumers can try the service for six months for free while existing Care Hub users can enjoy a year for free.
Amazon also launched Halo View, a new health tracker that will cost $79.99. This Amazon fitness tracker has a colour screen, and the bands can be swapped out and modified, unlike earlier models. The device has a free one-year Amazon Halo subscription, which now includes video-based exercise programs. Hundreds of workouts will be available, according to Amazon. The Halo subscription will also feature a nutrition trainer, which will be available to the general public next year and will include grocery lists and healthy meal planning ideas. It enables customers to create a custom food plan. According to Amazon, over 500 recipes from partners, including Amazon’s Whole Foods Market, are included.
A Videophone For Children
Amazon further unveiled a new gadget geared at children that mixes video calling with projector-based activities. A built-in 8-inch display is included in the 14-inch tall freestanding tower. An adult, on the one hand, downloads the Glow app to an iOS or Android tablet. The projected visuals react to touch, with the goal of making video chats more entertaining for kids. Kids can play games like “Tangram Bits” on the projected surface as their parents’ video conference from a normal iPad. The camera is turned off using a “privacy shutter” on the gadget.
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