San Francisco (USA), Sep 28 (EFE) .- Amazon held its traditional autumn hardware presentation event on Tuesday, in which it updated its Echo line and showed a nice little robot that freely walks around the house as if be a dog with a smart screen.
Astro, as the robot has been baptized, has three wheels (two large at the front and a small one at the back) and a “neck” from which a screen hangs, on which two expressive eyes are drawn to give it more personality. .
The screen is basically like any smart device from Amazon’s Echo line, so it allows you to display content, make video calls, give specific information, etc., only in this case, it is mobile.
In addition, the Seattle firm (Washington state, USA) assured that Astro knows how to interpret orders such as going to a specific room in the house and delivering an object to a specific person (something that is achieved through facial recognition) , as well as guarding the home when no one is in it.
One of Astro’s mobility limitations, however, is that it cannot go up or down stairs.
The robot, the first created by Amazon, is priced at $ 1,000 and the company has listed it as a “Day 1 Edition” product, a classification that implies that the only way to buy it will be by requesting an invitation from the company in advance.
15 INCHES SCREEN FOR ECHO SHOW
Although the robot made headlines on Tuesday, the American e-commerce giant also unveiled the largest wall-hung smart display in its entire line to date, the 15.6-inch Echo Show 15. 1080p HD resolution, priced at $ 250.
With a design that imitates that of a painting hanging on the wall, Echo Show 15 has a full display mode so that the user can reproduce the image they want in large dimensions, although this can also be reduced to half the screen and share the space with useful information.
Thus, the options range from viewing content in “streaming” from Amazon Prime Video or Netflix to receiving in real time the video signal from a security camera installed at the access door to the home.
THE SURPRISE OF AMAZON GLOW
The firm directed by Andy Jassy also surprised with an extravagant device, similar to a periscope, dubbed Amazon Glow and that combines videoconferencing functions with those of a projector.
Glow, which is priced at $ 300, is designed with the little ones in mind, so that when they get bored during a video call with friends or family, they can project video games or other entertainment from the device itself with which to play with their interlocutors. .
Among the rest of Amazon’s announcements on Tuesday are a $ 60 smart thermostat and a voice assistant designed for use at DisneyWorld and Disneyland amusement parks that responds to the command: “Hey, Disney.”
JASSY’S FIRST EVENT
Today was the company’s first major hardware presentation event since Amazon founder Jeff Bezos stepped down as CEO on July 5 to focus on other personal projects and was replaced by Andy Jassy, from his maximum confidence and who for years led the lucrative division of cloud computing of the company, AWS.
Bezos thus ended a long 27-year stint at the helm of Amazon that led him to be the richest man in the world according to the Forbes list, and although he left the day-to-day management, he is still linked to the company he founded, now as CEO. EFE
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