Amazon unveils new Alexa-powered microwave

Isaac Cain
September 23, 2018

At the event, Amazon also announced a new device with which it wants to step out of your living rooms and into your cars - the Echo Auto.

The Echo Auto will initially be available at an introductory price of $25 for early users, but the price will eventually increase to $50.

"The second Gen Echo Show has the biggest upgrade with a new 10" HD screen making it an even better option as a small TV for a kitchen. The AmazonBasics Microwave costs $59.99 (about £45) and comes with quick-cook voice presets, allowing you to verbally command it to cook for you.

The Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Sub are available for pre-order starting today and ship from 11 October.

While the device was once rumored to rely a homegrown voice assistant to handle basic commands, Portal may instead lean on Amazon's Alexa for things like music, recipes, and news briefings.

Amazon Echo Auto brings Alexa to your old car

Amazon's family of Alexa-connected devices is ready for a road trip. Priced at $59.99, the preorder for Amazon Basics Microwave has started already. Whatever you plug into the Smart Plug thereby has power controlled by the Smart Plug, which is controlled by Alexa. And, in true Amazon fashion, you can also use your smart microwave-and I already hate that phrase-to reorder products via Amazon's Dash Replenishment Service. Much like its name implies, it's a powered subwoofer that works in conjunction with one or two Echo or Echo Plus devices and performs ever-important bass-handling duties.

The hockey puck-shaped Dot is one of Amazon's best-selling devices, and with 70% better sound it's going after audiophiles. The company announced a $200 Echo Link that can connect to a receiver or amplifier and add a bunch of inputs so you can connect speakers to it. They're wireless receivers, the latter with a built-in 2-channel 60-watt amp, designed for connecting to your high-end stereo system. Amazon says it'll run off a standard USB port connection or 12v cigarette lighter (see, they really are thinking of old cars), and the dongle will connect via Bluetooth or 3.5mm port.

Amazon recently passed the 20,000 mark for smart home devices made by the Seattle-based company or partners.

The central building block to smart homes of the future will be affordable smart gadgets and appliances -- that's exactly what Amazon appeared to be aiming at by launching 15 new smart home products in a matter of 90 minutes. It is now available on preorder at a price of $24.99. Both the versions of the camera offer 1080p video, night vision, motion detection, and IPX5 water resistance.

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