Amazon at its Devices and Services event on Tuesday introduced the Echo Show 15 as its largest smart screen ever in the Echo Show portfolio. The new Echo Show model comes with a full-HD display that can be mounted as a digital frame on the wall or placed on the counter. It can also be placed horizontally or vertically depending on your preference. In addition to the Echo Show 15, Amazon unveiled the Amazon Glo as a new device specifically for kids to make video calls and interact with their loved ones using a predictable location.
Amazon Echo Show 15, Amazon Glow Price
The price of Amazon Echo Show 15 has been kept at $ 249.99 (about Rs 18,600). The device will be available for purchase later this year. India price and availability are yet to be announced.
In contrast, the Amazon Glo comes with a price tag of $299.99 (approximately Rs 22,300), although it is initially available in the US via the invite-only program at a starting price of $249.99 (approximately Rs 18,600), before shipments begin. Together in the coming week. Customers can join a list of early participants through a dedicated product listing page on Amazon. Details about the global availability and price of Amazon Glow are yet to be revealed.
15 Specifications, Features of Amazon Echo Show
The Amazon Echo Show 15 comes with a 15.6-inch display with full-HD (1,920×1,080 pixels) resolution and is paired with two 1.6-inch stereo speakers. The display also sports a hole-punch design that includes a 5-megapixel camera sensor. The main purpose of the Echo Show 15 is essentially to reach those places in your home where you don’t want to have any existing Echo devices. So, it can be mounted on a wall in your living room or placed on a large counter in your kitchen or bedroom.
Once mounted or placed, the Echo Show 15 lets you access Alexa widgets like the family calendar or your to-do list at a glance. You can buy products directly from Amazon through the Echo Show 15 instead of taking out your phone or switching on your laptop. Likewise, the device can help with recipe recommendations from platforms including Allrecipes, Tasty, and Epicurious. The Echo Show 15’s home screen is also customizable, which means you can add or remove widgets and other on-screen items as per your liking or need.
Along with widgets, the Echo Show 15 provides controls for a list of compatible smart home devices. Display lets you stream movies and TV shows from a variety of platforms, including Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. It is also adding Sling TV to the list of supported streaming platforms.
If you don’t want dynamic content on the Echo Show 15, you can keep your favorite image from Amazon Photos or go with alternative views ranging from preloaded art, nature, seasonal or travel galleries.
In addition to entertaining you and your guests with pictorial content, the Amazon Echo Show 15 includes the company’s Sound Detection feature that helps notify users when the system detects noises like broken glass or a crying baby . There’s also the optional Visual ID feature that allows Alexa to recognize you and your family members using facial recognition and provide a personalized experience every time you use the device. It lets users receive custom greetings, as well as their personalized reminders, calendar events, recently played music, or personal notes.
The Visual ID feature can also be used for children, so that the Echo Show 15 can only display age-appropriate content when the younger user is recognized by the system. Of course, there are privacy concerns considering Amazon’s nature of using user data to list business-focused moves.
However, Amazon claims that it designed the Echo Show 15 “with privacy in mind” and offers features including a built-in shutter to cover the camera and the ability to view and delete your voice recordings. Visual ID is also available as an opt-in feature, and you can delete your facial profile at any time through the on-device settings or using the Alexa app.
Amazon has also provided video calling support for you to virtually connect with your friends and family on a larger display. There is a built-in microphone to enable video calls.
Under the hood, the Echo Show 15 has a brand new, quad-core Amazon AZ2 Neural Edge processor that is the successor to the existing AZ1 chip that powers the Echo Show 10. The new processor is claimed to be 22 times more trillion. Operations Per Second (TOPS) compared to its predecessor. This shows that you will get better machine learning experience on the new model.
The dimensions of Amazon Echo 15 are 401.32×251.46×35.56mm. It also comes with an optional stand so you can place it on the counter—in case you don’t want to mount the display on your wall.
Connectivity options on the Amazon Echo Show 15 include Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth support. There is also support for Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) for streaming audio from your mobile device.
Amazon Glow Specifications, Features
Amazon Glow is a new device from the American company aimed at children. It has an 8-inch dedicated display to help kids read e-books or communicate with their parents and family over video calls. It feels similar to the Echo Show model. However, as a distinctive move, Amazon has also included a projector this time around that’s capable of taking up a 19.2-inch touch-sensitive projected space for playing games or creating art while communicating over a video call. The company also announced the GlowBits learning kit which will soon come as separate accessories for the Amazon Glow and will include physical objects like shapes and figures to offer a next-generation interactive experience.
Amazon has bundled the Amazon Kids+ service with Glo to provide access to various books, interactive games, and art activities. Kids will be able to read, play and draw through this bundle which will be available free of cost for one year. Amazon Kids+ is typically available for $2.99 (approximately Rs. 220) per month.
Parents can add to their work by installing the Glo app on their iPad or Android tablet, playing games with kids or creating an art over a video call. The app will also be available for Amazon’s Fire tablets in the future. It can also be downloaded to a smartphone, although it is not the best way to get an interactive experience.
Once engaged in the conversation, parents will be able to play various games with their kids, such as jigsaw puzzles including Sponge Bob Squarepants, Chess, Checkers and Go Fish. Both kids and parents will have drawing activities like Tic-Tac-Toe and Spaceman as well as art packs including Sesame Street for them to play together. In addition, games and art activities will feature various Disney characters, including Anna and Elsa from Toy Story from Frozen, Woody and Buzz.
However, it is unclear whether Glo will continue to provide certain features after the Kids+ service ends.
Amazon Glow also uses built-in infrared sensors to enable scanning to turn products into digital stickers or custom jigsaw puzzles. Children are required to place the object on a flat mat bundled with the device in order to scan it for future use. The 22-inch mat is also designed to project clear images regardless of surface.
On the privacy front, Amazon says it has included a physical privacy shutter to turn off the camera and disable the microphone. There’s also the Amazon Parent Dashboard where parents can choose the contacts their kids can communicate with on Amazon Glo.
The Amazon Glo has HD (720p) profile and projector cameras in addition to 10W 3.3×1.3-inch speakers. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth v5.0. The device is targeted at children aged three years and above.