Amazon Unveils All-New Echo Hub, the Smart Way to Manage Your Smart Home Devices
Echo Hub with Alexa is Amazon’s first smart home control panel built for simple and intuitive connected device management
Plus an all-new home screen experience for Echo Show 8 - Adaptive Content - and easier ways to keep in touch with your Top Connections on the Echo Show 15 also unveiled
Sydney—September 21, 2023—(NASDAQ: AMZN)— Amazon today introduced Echo Hub, an all-new Echo device that combines the simplicity of Alexa with an eight-inch display to create a personalised, proactive, and intuitive smart home experience.
“The new Echo Hub allows customers to seamlessly and simply manage everything from daily tasks, to tens of thousands of compatible smart home devices - all with Alexa,” said Kate Gooden, Head of Product, Amazon Alexa in Australia and New Zealand. “Customers around the world interact with Alexa tens of millions of times every hour. From triggering your favourite Routine to updating your shopping list, the Echo Hub gives Aussies more ways to experience what I think is the world’s best personal AI.”
Echo Hub—New Wall-Mountable Smart Home Control Panel, Simple Smart Home & Security Controls—at AU$329
The all-new Echo Hub is an Alexa-enabled smart home control panel, designed to give customers a simple and intuitive way to manage disparate smart home devices. It’s easy to install and features a thin, eight-inch, touch-enabled display with a customisable dashboard that makes it simple for customers to group and manage smart home devices, view multiple compatible smart home camera feeds at once, start a Routine, organise widgets, and manage volume and media streaming on your devices from one handy hub.
When not actively in use, Echo Hub seamlessly blends into the home by transitioning to an idle screen that can be personalised with a rotating collection of photos and glanceable information such as the weather and time. When a customer approaches the device, Echo Hub uses infrared technology to detect their proximity and naturally transitions the content back to the home screen.
When not actively in use, Echo Hub seamlessly blends into the home by transitioning to an idle screen that can be personalised with a rotating collection of family photos and glance-able information such as the weather and time. When a customer approaches the device, Echo Hub uses infrared technology to detect their proximity and naturally transitions the content back to the home screen.
Easy to install, and includes built-in smart home hub
Echo Hub can be mounted on a wall or placed on a counter with a stand accessory, includes a built-in smart home hub with support for Zigbee, Thread, Bluetooth and Matter—and it’s compatible with more than 10,000 connected cameras, lights, locks, plugs, thermostats, speakers, and more. Echo Hub supports wireless or wired internet connectivity, with a compatible power-over-ethernet (PoE) adaptor.
All-new home screen experience with Adaptive Content for the Echo Show 8
Introducing Adaptive Content – a fresh home screen experience for the Echo Show range that uses on-device computer vision technology to adjust on-screen content based on a customer’s proximity to the device. With the new Adaptive Content experience, a customer positioned across the room will see content that is easily viewed from a distance—such as a large clock display—with the screen automatically transitioning to a more detailed view as they approach the device. If the customer is enrolled in visual ID, the content will also be personalised, highlighting things like a recent playlist. The new adaptive home screen also includes shortcut icons that make it easy to access most used widgets, which can be opened with just a tap.
In Australia and New Zealand, Adaptive Content will be available on the Echo Show 8 (2nd generation) next month and will roll out to other Echo Show devices next year.
An easier way to keep in touch with your Top Connections on the Echo Show 15
Calling friends and dropping in on household members is a well-loved Alexa feature for staying in touch and helping coordinate your day to day at home. From today, it is even easier for you to connect with those that matter most. Now, you can add the Top Connections widget to your Echo Show 15 devices to easily see your favourite contacts and most frequently used devices within the household. You can quickly initiate a call or drop-in with a single-tap. This will extend to Echo Show 5, 8, and 10 in Australia and New Zealand in the coming months.
Built with Privacy in Mind
Echo devices are designed with customer privacy in mind and include multiple layers of privacy controls. The Echo Hub includes a microphone on/off button, and customers have full control over their voice recordings and can view, hear, or delete them at any time.
To learn more about the features that provide transparency and control with Alexa, visit the Alexa Privacy Hub at www.amazon.com.au/alexaprivacy.
Climate Pledge Friendly
Device packaging for Echo Hub is made from 97% wood fibre-based materials from responsibly managed forests or recycled sources. Echo Hub has Low Power Mode to intelligently conserve energy during periods of inactivity, helping to save energy over the device’s lifetime.
Pricing and Availability
Echo Hub [www.amazon.com.au/echohub] is AU$329 and customers can sign up to be notified when pre-orders are available in Australia.
Accessories for Echo Hub in Australia will be coming soon.
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