Apart from smart speakers, so-called "hearables" are one of the fastest-growing tech industries right now, so of course, Amazon wants a piece of that for itself and the nearly omnipresent Alexa voice assistant. It can also display the outdoor temperature, timers, and alarms. The Echo Flex, meantime, is a new category of the smart speaker that plugs directly into a wall outlet, unlike other Echo devices, which connect to outlets through a cable.
The wearable is equipped with two microphones, a piezo haptic that vibrates when you receive notifications or a phone call and the smallest speaker ever on an Echo device. And don't worry about people seeing you as a Google Glasshole for a new generation - Echo Frames don't come with an attention-grabbing camera.
Similar to the existing 10-inch screen Echo Show and the five-inch Echo Show 5, the Echo Show 8 is a further size option for those seeking a smart hub which includes a screen. The company has invested heavily in finding ways to improve healthcare for its own employees - first through a joint venture called Haven and most recently with Amazon Care, an on-demand primary care program for employees that was announced this week. A Ring door sensor being tripped triggered an audio alert that the door had been opened, the music playback dipping in volume just enough that I could hear Alexa's warning, and then resuming afterwards. And Amazon hopes to entice them with a sub-$200 price tag; the Echo Studio is available for pre-order now for $199; it arrives November 7. It works as an access point for smart homes and sports a USB port for charging. The Echo Loop is priced at $99.99. It has a 5.25-inch woofer, 330W of peak power, a 1-inch tweeter, and three 2-inch mid-range speakers.
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The Echo Flex is up for pre-order now and ships November 14. It also has a 24-bit DAC to try and play you high-res, lossless music from sources like Amazon's new Music HD (Tidal HiFi is coming next year).
Amazon announced two products that fall under an "invitation only" category: Echo Frames and Echo Loop. It can be controlled by Alexa and can scan cooking instructions on the packaging and automatically preload settings on your oven. It's an everyday microwave that adds convection cooking, air fryer and food warmer.