Amazon Announces Home Robot, Ring Drone, Elder Care Service, ‘Hey, Disney,’ More


Amazon on Tuesday (Sept. 28) announced several new products it expects to launch in the coming months and beyond, including a home robot named Astro, a Ring security drone, elder care services through Alexa, a multimedia search collaboration with Disney and a fitness-focused smart watch.

The retail giant also unveiled the Echo Show 15, a giant version of the Echo Show that users can hang on the wall, a smart thermostat and Amazon Glow, a video device that projects multi-player games for children, according to an CNBC report.

Astro the home robot, which can move on its own and navigate around objects on the floor, also features a periscope camera attached to its base that can be raised or lowered to view objects that are high up. It’s also equipped with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant.

The robot can set and deliver reminders, show TV shows or podcasts and control smart home devices, among other tasks. It also responds to commands and is equipped with security and safety features.

Amazon also announced a new multi-user subscription called Alexa Together designed to will help users care for older relatives through Amazon Echo, with an emergency hotline, fall detection and activity detection.

The company has opened Amazon’s Ring security drone, the Always Home Cam, to applicants, who must be invited to buy it and a Ring security platform for job sites, as well as a third-party virtual security guard.

The company’s new health tracker, called Halo View, comes with a color display screen and bands that can be swapped and customized. There’s also a free one-year subscription to Amazon Halo, which also will feature hundreds of video-based fitness classes, and a nutrition trainer for healthy meal planning.

Amazon also announced a video calling device for kids called Amazon Glow that make video calls more engaging for kids with games coming from a projector with projected graphics that responds to touch.

The company is also adding a voice assistant called “Hey, Disney” that “works alongside” Alexa to integrate jokes and trivia from Disney characters.

There will also be an Echo device that can be mounted horizontally or vertically on the wall called the Echo Show 15, featuring a 15.6-inch screen. It can control Ring security cameras, lights, appliances and other smart home devices.

Amazon also partnered with Resideo on a smart thermostat that includes the ability to turn down the temperature by saying, “Alexa, good night.”

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