Wednesday, 14 Nov 2018
Category: Amazon Hardware Event 2018

Up close with Amazon’s $60 Alexa Microwave

Amazon was quick to note at today’s event that not all that much has been done to update the microwave for the 21st century. While that’s probably a pretty fair criticism of the ubiquitous home appliance, the new AmazonBasics microwave is less about space-age technologies than it is helping to usher in the future of […]

Echo Auto brings Alexa to cars

As Amazon noted at today’s event, the company has already been working with a number of car companies to bring Alexa to vehicles. There are already a number of high-profile partners, including Toyota, Ford, Lexus, BMW and Audi. Today, it announced its plan to bring the assistant to the rest of the “hundreds of millions” […]

Amazon intros a new Echo Show with built-in smart home hub

Today’s Amazon event is full of surprises, but you could have predicted this one from a mile away. The Echo show is a couple of years old now, and honestly, the hardware was never really that spectacular in the first place. Well, Amazon just introduced a new version of the screen-sporting smart speaker, which features […]

Amazon shows off a new $180 Ring ‘Stick Up Cam’

Among the slew of devices Amazon announced this morning at its event in Seattle is a new Ring Stick Up Cam – stick up, because it’s designed to go anywhere. (And is not, apparently, a reference to being robbed at gunpoint?) The camera comes in two versions – one that’s battery-powered and could be more […]

Alexa Guard turns Echo products into security devices

Here’s another unexpected surprise from Amazon’s hardware event in Seattle, as the announcements have started coming fast and furious. Alexa Guard is a home security device that integrates with existing Echos. When the user is away, the product flips the smart speakers in “Guard Mode,” so they listen for sounds like breaking glass. Alexa Guard […]

Amazon launches an Alexa microwave with built-in popcorn Dash button

One of the stranger rumors ahead of today’s Amazon event has become fact. The company’s attempting to make a big push into home appliances, so it’s leading the way with its very own microwave. The Amazon Basics Microwave apparently began life as an in-house reference product, as the company was developing an API for third […]

Amazon launches an Alexa Smart Plug

Amazon wants to make it easier to set up your smart home. Today at its hardware event, the company introduced a new Smart Plug device that brings Alexa’s voice control capabilities to anything you want to control – a coffee pot, a light, or anything else that can be powered on or off at a […]

Amazon introduces a new subwoofer and amp for the Echo line

The Echo Sub isn’t quite a HomePod competitor, but it’s pretty darn close. In fact, the the Amazon-made subwoofer actually looks a fair bit like Apple’s high-end smart speaker. But the device is actually designed to work in conjunction with the Echo line, offering a much deeper sound than any of the current devices. Along […]