SEATTLE—”Echo Dot is the best-selling speaker ever.”

With that straightforward assertion, Amazon made no bones about its aspirations to maintain making Echo-branded units—and proceeded to unveil a big variety of voice-activated and connected-home merchandise and applied sciences, with a mixture of present merchandise and all-new ones.

The rapid-fire record:

Echo Dot: Amazon guarantees that this new mannequin is 70-percent louder than the unique, due to a bump to a 1.6-inch audio driver. It would promote for $49.99, with pre-orders starting at this time.

Echo Enter: Echo now has its Chromecast Audio equal. This new no-speaker machine, the form and measurement of a skinny disc, plugs in to present audio system through a three.5mm jack and connects them to your private home’s Echo community of units—all whereas together with a collection of microphones for voice recognition. The $34.99 Echo Enter will launch “later this yr.”

Echo Sub: This brand-new, 100-watt subwoofer will connect with different audio system in your house—and might create a 2.1-sound answer for those who join it to 2 different Echo units, which may even obtain true stereo help. The $129.99 Echo Sub will launch later this month with pre-orders starting at this time.

Echo Hyperlink: You probably have an present audio receiver, plug the $199.99 Echo Hyperlink into that array—with help for a wide range of audio inputs and outputs, resembling coaxial, subwoofer, and RCA—to place that receiver’s collection of merchandise into your Echo sound ecosystem. For $299.99, you’ll be able to go for the Echo Hyperlink Professional, which features a 60-watt amplifier. Weirdly, neither of those units features a microphone array; you are anticipated to have further Echo units to faucet into the Echo Hyperlink’s potential.

Echo Plus: Name it the Echo Plus Plus, if you would like, as this takes the present all-in-one, speaker-loaded hub and provides a brand new material casing, upgrades to its inner audio system, and a brand new, built-in temperature sensor. This mannequin’s pre-orders start at this time for $149.99, and the hub will start promoting later this month.

Amazon Sensible Plug: This $25 dongle comes as a Computer virus for Amazon’s guarantees of a brand new “frustration-free setup” characteristic for all Echo units. Plug this single-outlet dongle into an influence outlet, and inside “30-45 seconds,” it would search and log in to an present, Echo-fueled SSID, which is able to immediate an present Echo machine to ask your permission to pair the brand new plug. At this level, it would change “encrypted and secured” wi-fi credentials and assign that plug a spoken title in your community, which you’ll freely change.

Echo Auto: This small machine sees Amazon attempt to put a Siri- or Google Assistant-like expertise in your automobile… by requiring a small dongle. And the dongle solely works if it is wirelessly related to your individual Web-connected smartphone. However, hey—Alexa abilities integration! The dongle will begin at $25 for “invitees,” who will obtain gives to purchase the Echo Auto’s first wave “later this yr.” That will likely be adopted by a normal $50 rollout sooner or later. The dongle will connect with your automobile’s audio both through Bluetooth or an auxiliary jack, and it consists of eight discrete microphones.

Hearth TV Recast: Amazon’s first DVR product revolves round over-the-air broadcasts, and it is meant to be put in in no matter room in your house will get the most effective bunny-ears reception for native channels. From there, the Recast will wirelessly ship each dwell and pre-recorded broadcasts to any Amazon machine with a TV-watching interface, together with Echo Present and Hearth TV. $229.99 pre-orders start at this time, with shipments starting later this yr.

AmazonBasics Microwave: A $59.99 voice-activated microwave—with obvious recognition of varied cooking choices through voice instructions. Right now’s on-stage demo had the tester put a potato into this microwave, shut the door, faucet a button, and say “one potato.” The microwave began cooking with a roughly six-minute timer assigned to that request. It is unclear precisely what number of particular meals sorts are supported or whether or not peculiar instructions like defrosting get their very own timer settings, however the microwave would not embrace further sensors. (Amazon emphasised that it engineered the machine to play properly with 2.4HGz.) Its launch date is “later this yr.”

Echo Wall Clock: We’re moving into Spaceballs: The Bathroom Paper territory right here. However for those who like the concept of an analog wall clock with fundamental Echo voice-skill performance, this merely designed $30 clock will meet your wants “later this yr.” (And for those who simply need Alexa features through a low-quality speaker, plus an precise clock, this prices the identical as an Echo Dot, to be honest.) Its major perk is a collection of LED lights for each minute-hand slot, which trace towards upcoming within-the-next-hour timers.

Echo Present: This $229.99 refresh of the screen-equipped Echo Present, with pre-orders starting at this time, boasts a bigger display screen, a brand new material backcover, and new twin, side-firing, 2-inch drivers for its audio system. A quick demo included a loud blast of clear-sounding music that crammed the reveal occasion’s large house, which bodes nicely for its indoor kitchen-filling chops. Pre-orders start at this time, with shipments beginning later this yr.

Itemizing picture by Sam Machkovech

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