Amazon fall 2023 devices event : The leaves are turning color, which means it’s time for Amazon’s annual fall Devices and Services event, which will feature a veritable smorgasbord of product announcements ranging from new Fire TV streaming gear, Echo devices, and Kindles to Amazon smart home gear like Blink and Ring cameras, Eero wi-fi, and Alexa galore.
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The invite-only event, which took place today, September 20, from Amazon’s gleaming new HQ2 second headquarters in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia, was heavy on themes of generative AI and its use in the home, notably how it ties to its own products. Alexa has received a big AI improvement across the board, thanks to its advanced LLM (long language model), making the smart assistant more intuitive, conversational, and integrated with other services.
The majority of the new products unveiled today, according to Amazon, will be available in the following weeks and months. We were on-site at HQ2 for the event, and here’s a rundown of everything Amazon revealed.
Announcement at Amazon fall 2023 devices event
New Amazon Echo devices
Amazon kicked things off with the launch of a new Amazon Echo Show 8. The new smart Alexa gadget has enhanced video calling, sound, and now has custom-built spatial audio and room adaption innovation that uses room-sensing mics that listen to the acoustics of the area and adjusts playback accordingly. A new adaptive Content feature adjusts the home screen based on how close you are to the screen.
The material and how it is displayed vary as you approach it. Among the other improvements made to Alexa (more on this later), the reaction time is now 40% faster and the conversation is much more natural. The Echo Show 8 will cost $150.
Amazon also launched a new Echo speaker for kids today, branded the Echo Pop Kids, which is the company’s tiniest speaker to date and is aimed, yep, at kids. The Echo Pop Kids, which uses Alexa’s new conversational LLM (long language model) AI, claims to be fun for kids to converse to and ask questions to. The $50 speaker features amusing audiobooks, kid-friendly themes, and more.
Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo Frame smart glasses have also gotten an update, with a smart new look (two designs from a collaboration with eyewear makers Carerra), improved sound to their open-ear design that makes it easy to hear the world around you, especially in noisy environments, and better battery life, among other improvements. The redesigned Echo Frames will cost $270.
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