Amazon unveils range of new Echo smart home devices

Amazon on Thursday unveiled a smattering of new hardware including an Alexa-enabled microwave, a wall clock and a smart plug.

Smart plugs are already an established idea in the smart home space.

Echo Input is like an Echo Dot without a speaker, just the microphones.

Seriously, there's a lot going on.

Not exactly a new product, but the popular tiny Echo Dot speaker is getting an upgrade.

The listing suggests the Echo Sub can be paired with two Echo devices to create a stereo setup. You know, the cloth look. Amazon is tapping into this largely untouched market by introducing the new Echo Auto. Still no word from Amazon if it can access YouTube videos natively. The small device sits on the dashboard of your vehicle and allows you to connect your phone via Bluetooth. Meanwhile, Apple Inc. once again failed to make the top five devices list. Instead, they "link" up to other Echos to work and play music.

Think of an Echo Dot and then flatten it and remove the speakers. For instance, you could have the lights at home turn on as your vehicle approaches. As far as the speakers' connectivity is concerned, people at MySmartPrice report, "As for connectivity, the Google Home Hub will support both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi connection for what's touted as high-performance streaming".

But even if it is revealed as coming this year, that doesn't necessarily mean we'll see it in a timely fashion this side of the Atlantic.

The Amazon Echo Clock will cost $29.99 and will ship later this year.

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According to the product description, the Amazon Echo Sub is a 110W 6-inch subwoofer.

Pre-order available today for $129.99.

An Amazon Echo sits in a living room in an undated marketing image from Amazon. These two receivers (one with its own amplifier) provide multiple audio inputs and outputs, plus Ethernet.

Echo Link ($199) and Echo Link Amp ($299)The Echo Link.

It's a smart plug. You've got it. Want a custom Alexa for your dang vehicle? Once complete, you can use Echo to control the power flowing to anything plugged into it. They're more pleasant to look at than digital readouts, and they just look classic.

Will be priced starting at $179.99 and launch later in October.

The AmazonBasics Microwave is available for preorder. It's also been gifted a new mic array for better voice detection. Sadly, it has no mics, so it won't be a standalone Alexa experience. Want a wall clock ($30) to really tells you when you're running out of time? Oh, and when it Daylight Saving's Time comes around, it will automatically adjust itself.

Fire TV Recast pairs with a TV antenna and can air live TV, with a DVR feature that can record shows.

  • Delia Davidson