Amazon Prime Day and Hot New Products

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The countdown to ridiculously awesome Amazon Prime Day 2020 Deals has begun!

Let’s take a look at the new and revamped Amazon products that were announced in their Amazon Smart Home Devices 2020 Event…

Amazon is preparing for their annual Amazon Prime Day that kicks off on October 13, 2020 with a slew of new product launches at their Fall Hardware Product Launch Event. CNET first reported the start date and Amazon has confirmed it as Oct. 13 & 14, 2020.  

Amazon unveiled new products that’re sure to be hot during Amazon Prime Day, followed by Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and then Christmas. Prime Day is becoming a bigger and bigger deals day on a wide variety of products, so be on the lookout if you’re looking for smart home devices, Roomba robot vacuums, smart locks, smart thermostats, and even 3D printers.

As for Amazon, they showed great innovation this year with their new products. Amazon announced the Ring Home Security Drone with Always Home Cam built-in, the Luna cloud gaming service with Twitch integration, a WiFi mesh router, an in-car security system that’s launching first with Tesla, revamped Amazon smart devices, and more.

Let’s take a look at highlights of the new and revamped Alexa-enabled products from Amazon. One tip, even though some of these will have discounts already, you can also wait until Amazon Prime Day to take advantage of potentially more discounts, instead of pre-ordering now.

If you don’t have Prime yet, be sure to sign-up for a 30-day FREE Trial of the Amazon Prime membership or you won’t be able to enjoy the crazy deals. 

Update: I’ll continue updating this post with some of the best deals that I find for Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. With those “holidays,” these next few months may feel like every day is a clearance sale!

Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen)

The best part of the updated Echo Show 10 is the 10.1” HD screen will move with you! As you walk around, it’ll follow you for those video calls while you’re cooking. When you’re not at home, you can remotely access the Echo Show and have it swivel around the room to put your mind at ease. 

Through Alexa, you’ll be able to use voice control over compatible Zigbee smart home devices

Meet the Echo that moves: Amazon’s new Echo lineup

Echo (4th Gen) Smart Speaker with Built-in Smart Home Hub

The new Echo acts as a Zigbee smart home hub, so you’ll be able to control compatible Zigbee devices. There’s no longer a need to purchase a separate hub. 

Along with the premium sound from the Echo smart speaker, it comes with a temperature sensor. 

Amazon Echo Dot (4th Gen) Smart Speaker

The best selling Echo Dot is back at it with a compact, sleek design that’ll fit almost anywhere. This one comes with a LED display with a clock, timers, and alarms. 

The Echo Dot also has Alexa Guard, which will send Smart Alerts if it detects an alarm sound from smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, or window glass breaking. 

Echo Dot (4th Gen) Kids Edition and Echo Glow

The Echo Dot Kids Edition and Echo Glow work together to entertain kids with music, stories, games, and other interactions. The Kids Edition of the Echo Dot comes in a Panda or Tiger design. 

A huge bonus for the kids (and parents) is the included year of Amazon Kids+ (formerly FreeTime Unlimited)  and a 2-year worry-free warranty guarantee. The Kids+ subscription works across other Amazon devices and even iOS devices. 

Amazon Luna – Request Early Access Now

Go to the Amazon Luna page to request early access to the cloud gaming service to start playing fun games. You’ll be able to stream and play games straight from the cloud. 

If your fingers are taking a break, you can watch your favorite Twitch streams directly from the Luna platform. 

Amazon Luna Controller

The Amazon Luna is designed for Luna games and has a roundtrip latency that’s 17 to 30 milliseconds vs a Bluetooth connection. The fast connection is because the Luna Controller connects directly to the game servers by using Cloud Direct technology. 

Amazon eero 6 Dual-Band Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router

Mesh Wi-Fi 6 will give you fast speeds up to 500 Mbps and 75+ connected devices at once. The Amazon eero 6 also has a built-in Zigbee smart home hub, so you’ll be able to connect to compatible smart devices with Alexa. You’ll be able to voice control smart lights, smart locks, smart plugs, and more. 

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

One of the best media streaming devices is the Amazon Fire TV Stick is now 50% more power for fast Full HD streaming. There’s also convenient TV controls for power and volume. If you don’t want to press buttons, you can use voice commands to ask Alexa to find Prime Video and other things to watch.

Amazon Halo Band Health & Wellness

Amazon is coming out with their own Fitness Band to track your body fat percentage (with a 3D model in the app), tone of voice analysis, movement, and sleep. The Halo Band doesn’t have a screen and is only accessible through the Halo app. 

JUNE 2023 UPDATE: Amazon has announced the discontinuation of the Amazon Halo effective July 31, 2023. The decision was made to wind down the product, and the company is fully refunding customer purchases made in the preceding 12 months.

Customers who have purchased Amazon Halo devices and accessories within the past year will receive a full refund, and any unused prepaid subscription fees will also be refunded.

Starting from August 1, 2023, Amazon Halo devices and the associated app will cease to function. Customers are encouraged to download or delete their Halo health data and save scan images before August 1, as remaining health data will be deleted thereafter.

Additionally, Amazon provides a recycling program for customers to dispose of their Amazon Halo devices and accessories at no cost.

Future Amazon and Ring Security Products

Amazon’s home security brand, Ring, announced a number of innovative home and car security devices that will be released in 2021.

Ring Always Home Cam Drone

Getting tired of buying a new video camera for every room or because there’s a blind spot in your home? 

Ring’s drone camera will help you with that. The Ring Always Home Cam is small and lightweight, allowing it to easily fly around your house. 

You’ll be able to pre-select locations in your home that you’ll want your flying security camera to check. Pair it with Ring Alarm and it’ll automatically fly over to an alarm that’s been tripped.

For other safety and privacy concerns, it’ll make a humming sound when it’s flying, so you’ll be able to hear it and not walk into it. The drone’s video recorder will only record when in flight too. 

Next-Level Autonomously Flying Indoor Security Camera | Ring Always Home Cam

Ring also announced three car security products that will come out next year in 2021 – Ring Car Connect, Ring Car Cam, and Ring Car Alarm. 

Ring Car Connect

Tesla will be the first car manufacturer to be compatible with Ring Car Connect with Tesla models 3, X, S, and Y. From the Ring app, you’ll be able to watch Tesla Sentry Mode and the driving footage that was recorded. The Ring Car Connect is an API, so it’ll be available for all car manufacturers. 

Ring Car Cam

As you have security cameras to record what’s going on at home, the Ring Car Cam will record events going on around your car and save it to the cloud. A good feature is the Traffic Stop feature. You say “Alexa, I’m being pulled over,” and the Car Cam will start recording everything to the cloud, so it’s always available and can’t be deleted off the camera.

Ring Car Alarm

The Ring Car Alarm is a compact, low-cost device that plugs into the OBD-II port that’s available in 99% of U.S. cars. The Car Alarm will send a real-time notification to the Ring App on your phone when there’s a break-in, tow-away, bump, or other events. You can even have the alarm trigger other Ring devices to send audible Alexa alerts. 

Ring Mailbox Sensor

Waiting for an important piece of mail? Or is your mail constantly disappearing? The Ring Mailbox Sensor will send notifications to your Ring app or Alexa devices when you have new mail or whenever the mailbox is opened. 

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Michael Hoyt
Michael Hoyt, a seasoned expert in smart home technology and robot vacuum specialist, is renowned for his contributions to home automation. With a deep-seated knowledge of smart devices, he has dedicated his career to enhancing living spaces with advanced technology. Michael's expertise extends from in-depth reviews and recommendations to practical advice on fully automating homes with smart home solutions.