Amazon announced today, Thursday, during a special event, a number of products and services, most notably the fourth generation of its smart amplifier (Echo) Echo voice activated to take advantage of the capabilities of Alexa digital assistant.
The fourth generation smart amplifier (Echo) features a new ball design and improved audio performance. But there is a bigger change, and it is a unit for speech recognition within the device, which means that voice commands are processed locally, which speeds up the execution of those commands.
The new Echo device features what Amazon calls the AZ1 Neural Edge unit that processes voice commands using local algorithms to recognize speech using machine learning technology, before sending commands to the cloud, which will also speed up response to commands.
Amazon says the new Echo will combine the features of both the third-generation Echo and the Echo Plus, and include a hub to support the open source smart home standard Zigbee, as well as work with Amazon Sidewalk’s LAN system.
The new Echo device will be available in three colors: blue, white and gray, and it will be on the market from October 22nd. The company has opened an initial request for the device via Her website.
In addition to the fourth generation of the Echo device, Amazon announced a new version of its Echo Dot, which has also become a spherical shape.
The new version of the Echo Dot comes with two options, the first: Cheaper without the built-in LED display And, at $ 49.99,The other is with a screen and a $ 10 increase in price.
In addition to the standard version of the Echo Dot, Amazon has launched a new version of the children’s version of the Echo Dot Kids Edition that will be available at a price of $ 59.99. The device comes with designs for animal faces.
It is noteworthy that the new Echo Dot will be launched on the market from October 22, and is available for initial order from Thursday, with the indication that the Echo Dot with LED screen will be launched later on November 5. The Echo Dot Kids Edition will be launched from December 9th.