Amazon Hardware Event 2018 Roundup: Here Are All Biggest Announcements

With its built-in Zigbee smart home hub the new Echo Plus makes setting up compatible smart home devices easy

Some of it is interesting; some of it is just an update of the same smart home gear you already have.

Announced yesterday in a press conference that also saw the unveil of a new Alexa-powered microwave - yes, really - Amazon Echo Auto is created to bring Amazon Alexa into older vehicles. This version of the Echo Plus has a new look, Dolby play 360-degree audio, and a temperature sensor.

Portal will basically use Facebook's AI platform to recognise people in the frame and follow people as they move around the room (which isn't creepy at all) and will also have Amazon's Alexa voice assistant integration.

The Echo Auto uses the same eight-microphone array as the Echo Show, which Amazon claims is robust enough to hear voice commands above typical in-car noises like music or air conditioning fans. They come with various inputs and outputs, including traditional speaker wire, RCA cables (for Line in / Line Out, Subwoofers, and Coaxial connections), an Ethernet port, and optical in and out connections. It can be paired with an Echo to create a more robust sound system with powerful bass.

Still, more than 2 billion people remain active on the world's most popular social network, but the question is how many of those are prepared to cough up north of $300 for a Facebook-branded Echo Show rival with few distinguishing features? Hey, you can't fault Amazon for trying.

But if you're looking to add to one or two existing second-generation Echo devices, the Echo Sub is remarkable value for money and does represent a serious sound upgrade on what you have at the moment.

Ring was acquired by Amazon at the tail end of 2017, so you'll find Ring cameras with all sorts of Alexa abilities from here on out.

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And you thought Amazon's crafty consumerism ended with the microwave.

Amazon announced a new accessory called Echo Auto, which lets you have Alexa in your vehicle. After all, a device that can listen to you inside your home all the time should cause some concern. A new feature called Alexa Hunches will analyze patterns and alert you when things change.

The Echo Sub is probably the simplest device of the lot.

As the market for smart home devices is flooded with many similar products, there is the question of what we actually want to see from these smart devices.

The takeaway: The $25 Smart Plug is a really easy and convenient way to make non-smart devices act like smart devices.

The top is rather plasticky though and while it's hardly likely people will be put off by this, it's clear that the finish quality isn't as good as the super-expensive Apple HomePod or, say, a Sonos device.

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