Amazon presented two new Echo devices with Alexa integration to offer users even more personalized, proactive and intuitive experiences: the new Echo Hub ed Next generation Echo Show 8.
Amazon, Echo Hub: the control panel for the Smart Home
The all-new Echo Hub is a control panel for the Smart Home with Alexa integration, designed to offer an even simpler and more intuitive way to manage the different compatible devices. It is easy to install and features a slim 8 inch touch screen with a customizable control panel.
It allows you to group and manage all the devices of the Smart Home, control Ring security systems, start routines, organize widgets, and stream multiple compatible cameras simultaneously.
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With adaptive content, Echo Hub uses infrared technology to detect when you are nearby, seamlessly transitioning from a personalized home screen with your favorite photos or a beautiful clock to the smart home control screen.
Amazon Ecco Hub, easy to install
Echo Hub can be mounted on a wall or placed on a shelf using a stand accessory sold separately. Includes a built-in Smart Home hub with support for Zigbee, Thread, Bluetooth e Matter and is compatible with over 140,000 connected cameras, lights, locks, outlets, thermostats, smart speakers and other smart home devices. Echo Hub supports wireless or wired Internet connectivity, with a compatible PoE (Power Over Ethernet) adapter.
Amazon, Echo Show 8: new design, spatial audio
The new Echo Show 8 has been updated both inside and out: it features a new design with soft curves along the fabric covering and a full-screen glass frame around the touchscreen HD da 8 pollici. Echo Show 8 features an upgraded processor for even greater responsiveness than the previous generation.
Echo Show 8 offers an enhanced audio experience for greater clarity, superior bass performance and space acoustics sensing technology which guarantees optimal and enveloping audio. Video calls with the new Echo Show 8 are even better thanks to the centered 13-megapixel camera that guarantees even higher video quality and improved sound that reduces background noise from around the house for clear sound.
Additionally, Echo Show 8 includes a built-in smart home hub with support for Zigbee, Thread, Bluetooth e Matterwhich allows you to easily control compatible lights, locks and sensors with your voice, without the need for a separate hub.
The adaptive contents of Echo Show 8 the Amazon
Like the Echo Hub, the Echo Show 8 also delivers adaptive content and a new home screen experience that uses the device’s computer vision technology to adjust on-screen content based on the user’s proximity to the device.
Thanks to this mode, it is possible to use information clearly even from a distance from the device, such as a newspaper headline or a recipe. The screen then automatically adapts to offer a more detailed view as soon as you get close to the device.
Users who have set the visual ID will also be able to customize the visible information, highlighting items such as a recent playlist. The new adaptive home screen also includes shortcut icons which facilitate access to the most used widgets, which can be opened with a simple touch. The adaptive content will be available on the Echo Show 8 (2nd and 3rd generation) next month and will be expanded to other Echo Show devices early next year.
Designed to protect your privacy
Echo devices are designed with the privacy of the customer and include different levels of privacy controls. Echo Show devices have built-in camera covers, and all Echo devices have a button that electronically mutes the microphone.
Customers can turn off the Adaptive Content feature at any time in their device’s on-screen settings by closing the camera cover or muting the microphone. Users have full control over their voice recordings and can view, listen to or delete them at any time.
Climate Pledge Friendly
Echo Hub and Echo Show 8 benefit from the badge Climate Pledge Friendly. The Echo Show 8’s fabric is made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester yarn, and 99% of the device’s packaging is made from wood fiber from sustainably managed forests or recycled sources.
The Echo Hub packaging is made from 97% wood fiber materials from sustainably managed forests or recycled sources. Echo Show 8 and Echo Hub feature Power Saving Mode, which reduces power consumption when the device is not in use, helping to save energy throughout the life of the device (depending on user configurations). Additionally, Amazon’s renewable energy projects will produce clean energy equivalent to the electricity used by each Echo device by 2025.
Prices and availability
The price of Echo Hub is 199.99 euros and customers can sign up to receive a notification when pre-orders become available. Decorative accessories that can be placed on the Echo Hub to personalize the device will be available in white, light wood and metallic, as will the stand base (available separately).
Echo Show 8 it is available in Ice White and Anthracite at the price of 169.99 euros and will be shipped starting October 25th. The adjustable stand for Echo Show 8 with USB-C charging port is available for 39.99 euros.