- Amazon unveils Astro, a robot that patrols your home when you’re not
- It also revealed the Echo Show 15, its first wall-mounted, Alexa-powered device
- Amazon also revealed a smart thermostat and a children’s device called the Amazon Glow
Amazon unveiled a slew of new products at its online unveiling event on Tuesday, including an autonomous robot that can monitor a person’s home for intruders.
Undoubtedly the cutest product-looking, Alexa-powered robot, called Astro, is available for people in the US to buy by invitation, which means interested customers will have to sign up for a chance to buy.
The $1,450 robot uses intelligent motion to check-in your home while you’re away and alerts you of any disturbances.
scroll down for video
Just hanging out with the family: Amazon Astro could be one of the most attractive additions to the home
It can move around your home autonomously, navigate to check in specific areas, show a live view of rooms via the Astro app, or check in if it detects an unfamiliar person. Can send alerts.
According to Amazon, Astro uses its digital eyes on its rotating screen, body movements and expressive vocals to communicate.
‘Its personality is also helpful – for example, it hangs in places where it might be most useful,’ said Charlie Tritsler, vice president of products at Amazon.
‘For me, that’s in the kitchen, where I’m usually asking for a recipe or sending an astro to let my family know that dinner is ready.’
Amazon states: ‘To learn more about Astro or to request an invitation, please visit www.amazon.com/Astro.’
Astro will cost $1,450, but as part of Amazon Day 1 Edition Program – which gives customers the opportunity to quickly reach out and provide feedback – will be available for a starting price of $1,000.
Astro can move around your home autonomously, navigate to check in specific areas, show you a live view of rooms through the Astro app, or even walk around if it’s in an unfamiliar area. If it detects a person, it can also send an alert.
Amazon also unveiled the Echo Show 15, a children’s device called the ‘Amazon Glow’ so they can share an ‘interactive projected space’ with loved ones, and a new security door.
Some devices are available to order today, though others are yet to see a general release and are ‘invite-only’.
Amazon Echo Show 15
The £240 ($250) Alexa-powered Echo Show 15 device has a 15.6-inch display that you can mount on your wall or on your counter.
Users can hang it horizontally or vertically on the wall like a photo frame, as it displays how-to videos, recipes from the web, or shows streamed from Netflix and Spotify.
The Echo Show 15 has a 15.6-inch display that you can mount on your wall or put on your counter
The Echo Show 15 can be mounted in either portrait or landscape orientation and is designed to blend into the surroundings like a photo frame
‘We think about it’ [Echo Show 15] As a kitchen TV, but much smarter, said Miriam Daniel, vice president of Alexa and Echo devices.
The Echo Show 15 can live-stream from your smart doorbell, display streaming services interfaces, personal sticky notes for family members, and more.
Users can ask Alexa to show a photo frame if you’ve opted to hang it from the wall and want to disable the display, and the Echo Show 15 just shows photos so it blends into the background.
Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa, said, “The Echo Show 15 brings everything that makes your home one place.
Amazon says: ‘With the optimized Alexa widget, the Echo Show 15 brings together everything families need on its beautiful 15.6-inch Full HD screen’
It also has a redesigned home screen and Alexa widgets designed with digital Post-It notes and to-do lists in mind.
Taylor said, “With the redesigned home screen and Alexa widget, you can customize the Echo Show 15 to view your shared family calendar, manage to-do lists and reminders, find meal inspiration, and more. and keep track of your upcoming packages.
‘Plus, the Echo Show 15 can adapt to your home environment with full-screen photos or art, so it’s always there when you need it, but beautifully in the background when you don’t. It fades away.
Meanwhile, the Amazon Glow is a two-part device designed for kids that lets them remotely connect with loved ones by participating in activities together.
Amazon Glow for £240 combines immersive projection, sensing and video technologies to make it feel like you’re having fun in person
During a video call on the Glow, kids see a chat participant on a black device with a dedicated 8-inch display that almost looks like a retro walkie-talkie.
When they do, they can read stories, play games, and create art on a 19-inch, touch-sensitive, ‘projected space’ that looks almost like a sheet of paper.
As children enjoy engaging activities on the flat ‘projected space’, remote family and friends watch the child on the tablet and participate in the same activities using the free Glo app.
Amazon says the Glo “combines immersive projection, sensing and video technologies to make it feel like you’re having fun in person.”
Amazon’s partnerships with Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop, Mattel and Disney mean kids can choose from a wide array of content
Jorge Teves, general manager of Amazon Glo, said, “Glo brings an entirely new level of welcome to an exciting new way of letting kids be kids and still connecting and bonding as they grow up.”
‘We’ve created an unbreakable, supersized, projected surface like no other, combining digital and physical fun that gets kids excited and adults doing all they can together.’
Amazon’s partnerships with Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop, Mattel and Disney mean kids can choose from a wide array of content.
Glo is available for a starting, early access price of $250, but it’s only for US customers for now.
blink video doorbell
£50 ($50) Blink Video Doorbell A…