10 new products with Amazon Alexa integration

10 new products with Amazon Alexa integration

Garmin Speak Plus

The in-car GPS device works with the audio system in the vehicle, providing high-quality sound through existing car stereo speakers. It also leverages the growing list of Amazon Alexa Skills.

Garmin Speak Plus provides spoken turn-by-turn directions on its color display. In addition, a 1080p dash camera gives lane-departure and forward- collision warnings. The built-in Alexa lets users play music, control smart home devices and even shop on Amazon while driving, by saying, “Alexa, ask Garmin … ”

With wireless smart home connectivity, Alexa lets you remotely control various devices and systems — including lights, locks, thermostat and more — via spoken commands from your vehicle. For example, if you forget to lock your front door, you can do so remotely from your car without turning back. Or, if you realize you won’t be home for some time, you can remotely reset the thermostat so you’re not cooling or heating an empty home.

The Speak Plus is available for US$179.
 

Kohler Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror

The mirror has two dimmable LEDs on each side, as well as a small nightlight that helps users make their way to the bathroom in darkness. The lighting can be adjusted via voice (up to 1000 lux)

Users will get all of the functionality of an Amazon Echo, like shopping, playing music, or receiving traffic updates. Also, the Verdera serves as the centerpiece of the KOHLER Konnect portfolio of smart products, to let users control other KOHLER Konnect products by voice. Thde devices may also be controlled via an app.

The mirror is available in three sizes: 24 inches US$999), 34 inches (US$1,199) and 40 inches (US$1,299).


First Alert OneLink Safe & Sound

The ceiling-mounted smoke and carbon monoxide detector comes with a 10-watt speaker, giving it the capability of an Amazon Echo to control smart devices at home, as well as to play music and read the news. There is a battery backup in case the power goes out.

The device warns users about danger in the home and its location with an 85-decibel alarm plus voice alert. With a companion app, Safe & Sound can also remotely notify you of the danger via your smartphone.

Leveraging the optimal ceiling placement, Safe & Sound fills any room with immersive, 360-degree high-end audio. Advanced microphones let Safe & Sound hear your voice commands from any direction, even when music is playing, claims the company.

The device is not cheap and costs US$249.
 

Altec Lansing VersA at Home

The alarm clock offer omnidirectional sound, and a large LCD display on the front to show the time.

With Amazon Alexa hands-free far field technology, users will be able to wake up and find out all the information needed to start the day. “Alexa, will I need an umbrella today?” “Alexa, what’s on my schedule for today?” “Alexa, turn on the lights.”

It has a 30-foot wireless range, and is compatible with Pandora, Amazon Music, Tunein, Uber, Nest, among others. Buttons on the top will let users raise and lower the volume, as well as skip tracks. It has Qi wireless charging built into its flat top, so users can refuel their smartphone at night.

The product is available for US$149.
 

Brilliant Control Smart Switch

This smart switch lets users adjust lighting easily. The touch sliders let users swipe up/down to turn on/off lights, or hold the finger to dim. The switch has a motion sensor, so that lights can be set to go on/off when there are people in the room.

A 5-inch touch screen allows users to access music, set up customizable scenes that control multiple smart home devices at once. It works with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to connect to other smart home devices.

The device comes also with a microphone and a speaker, allowing voice control of lights. With Amazon Alexa Voice Services built in, users can ask the Brilliant Control things like “Alexa, what’s the weather today?” There is also a camera with physical privacy cover, providing audio/video intercom capability between two or more Brilliant Controls.

The two-switch model costs US$299, the three-switch costs US$349 and the four-switch costs US$399.
 

Sanbot Nano

Sanbot Nano is designed for all the smart home needs. Amazon Alexa’s IoT functions enable you to control your smart home appliances such as curtains, TVs, lights and air conditioners, etc.

With Amazon Alexa’s smart system, users can ask the home robot to order takeout, provide weather forecast, help find the answer to a question, remind appointments or tasks for the day, etc.

Also, with the screen on the robot’s head, users can make hands-free video calls to anyone who has an Amazon Echo Show device, the Alexa app, or the Sanbot Q-Link App.

Use the Sanbot mobile App Q-Link to turn on Sanbot’s HD camera and control the robot to patrol and monitor your house, child or pet, enabling you to immediately detect any unusual activity via mobile phone or PC.

The robot is about 3 feet tall, and can roll around, interacting with different family members at home. It comes with seven microphones and 54 sensors to prevent it from bumping into objects and people. The head has 8-MP camera and a 10.1-inch touch screen. Users may also control it remotely from a smart phone app.

The robot is priced at US$2,800
 

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon

The ultraportable laptop weighs 2.5 pounds and has up to 15 hours of battery life. It features 360-degree far-field microphones to better hear users’ voice.

The laptop already has Cortana integration, so users can speak commands from 4 meters/13 feet. Wake your device with a simple phrase. Users can quickly find files and calendar events, or put the system into Modern Standby mode, to improve battery performance.

With Amazon Alexa on the new X1 Carbon, users can play music, get news, control smart home, or shop, using their voice.

The computer is equipped with an 8th-Generation Intel Core CPUs, an optional 2560 x 1440 14-inch display with Dolby Vision HDR, built-in LTE, Windows Hello via a fingerprint reader and an infrared camera. There’s also a ThinkShutter webcam cover for privacy.

The laptop is sold online for US$1,519.
 

Polk Command Bar

TV speakers are notoriously bad. So, a smart soundbar you can connect to your TV makes sense for the room where you watch the most TV and movies. The Polk Audio Command Bar is the first Alexa-enabled soundbar. It has a circular control panel and far-field microphones in the center.

The Audio Command Bar is Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled, has two HDMI 2.0b inputs, and deliver crisp dialogue. It also comes with a subwoofer for extra bass. And its remote has an Alexa button, to ensure that the voice assistant hears you clearly. When you say “Alexa”, the Command Bar automatically lowers its volume letting you clearly state your command.

Users will be able to control the sound bar, smart home devices and stream music with their voice. It works with lights, fans, TVs, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from Amazon, WeMo, ecobee, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, and others.

The device is priced at US$299.
 

Asus Lyra Voice

Asus’ Lyra Voice is a smart stereo speaker with a built-in 802.11ac tri-band AC2200 mesh router. In addition to helping blanket the house with Wi-Fi, the Lyra Voice will also be able to pump out tunes and control Amazon’s voice assistant. Built-in, hands-free help from Amazon Alexa answers questions and controls smart home devices.

It features rich and powerful sound – Exclusive audio technology lets users enjoy music in stereo sound with deeper bass and a wider frequency range.

Complete network security will be enabled, as Lifetime free AiProtection powered by Trend Micro can protect all connected devices, including IoT appliances.

The ASUS Lyra app enables PC-free setup, network management and diagnostics, and notifies users of any problems.

Pricing and availability have not been announced.
 

Libratone Zipp

The Libratone Zipp is a portable speaker that has been updated to support Amazon Alexa recently. Now users can bark commands at it, whether it is to play music, make calls, send and receive message or control smart home devices.

Acoustic FullRoom technology radiates sound waves in every direction, filling any size space with rich, indulgent sound. Libratone’s signature sound profile features a balance of deep bass, full midrange and crisp highs to ensure any genre of music sounds great.

The cylindrical Zipp is designed to produce 360-degree sound and the overall profile can be adjusted using the companion app. It has touch controls on top and a battery that will last up to 10 hours. Users can pair up to six Zipps together, and stream audio from a variety of sources, including Spotify.
 
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