Amazon drops Echo Show 15, Astro robot plus Glow, View, Blink and Ring

The e-commerce giant’s invite-only press event brought us Astro, a robot Alexa, a Disney partnership and tons more smart devices.

It’s been a busy couple of months in tech. Today, Amazon held its big product event for the year, during which we usually get upgrades to popular devices. This year Amazon brought us a Nest competitor, Amazon’s Smart Thermostat, the Echo Show 15 and it introduced Disney to Alexa with Hey Disney. The Amazon Glow for kids combines video calling with activities and the Halo View brings Amazon to your wrist. There are more Blink products, and the Ring Alarm Pro lets a service monitor your home while you’re away — or the flying Always Home Cam drone can watch it for you. And Astro the robot brings wheels to Alexa, for $1,000.

How we’re inventing to shape a sustainable future

Advancing our commitment to make sustainable devices.
Fourteen years ago, Amazon reimagined reading with the invention of Kindle. Kindle enabled customers to browse and download millions of books in seconds, which not only gave customers a convenient and delightful way to read—it also positively impacted the planet. In the last two years alone, Kindle readers in the U.S. saved an estimated 2.6 million metric tons of CO2e by choosing eBooks as an alternative to print. According to the US EPA conversions, this is approximately equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from over 550,000 passenger cars driven for a year. We’re proud of this, but we’re just getting started.

Last year, Amazon became the first consumer electronics manufacturer to commit to addressing the electricity used by our devices through renewable energy development, starting with our Echo devices. Today, we are thrilled to announce we are making investments in additional wind and solar farm capacity that, by 2025, will produce the clean energy equivalent to the use of all Fire TV and Ring devices worldwide. Combined with our Echo projects, we expect these will produce over 5 million megawatt-hours of clean energy per year—that’s enough to power more than 400,000 homes every year.

IBM Physicist Demonstrates Why a Roomba Can’t Clean His House

When a robot vacuum sees black stripes on a rug as ‘cliffs’ your floors will remain dusty.

iRobot may have impressed us recently with its latest robot vacuum capable of detecting and avoiding dog poop around the home. However, there’s a much more common object found on floors that presents a big challenge for the tiny robots.

Dmitry Krotov is a physicist working on neural networks and machine learning at IBM. It makes sense that someone with that day job would choose to rely on an intelligent vacuum to clean his house while he’s at work, but the problem is, his Roomba won’t carry out the task.


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