Last week, Amazon held its Prime Early Access Sale, popularly known as Prime Day 2.0. There, the company revealed the hardware it has been working on to present to its users. This annual event is highly anticipated by the community. In this latest opportunity a new Kindle and Echo speakers took the spotlight of the announcements. One thing to note is that the packaging will be 100 percent recyclable, within the United States.
Amazon event highlights
1. Kindle for doodling
Among the most outstanding features of this device for e-book readers is that it is relatively inexpensive. Now, the company Amazon introduced the first Kindle on which you can write. With a 10.2-inch screen, it is the largest of these types of devices. Added to this is a Paperwhite-style front illumination, with 300 pixels per inch and adjustable warm light.
However, the highlight is that it features a battery-free pen. With it you can annotate books, write in a personal journal or mark up PDF files from the Kindle. All indications are that, for the coming year, it will also be possible to mark up Microsoft Word files.
2. Echo speakers
About five Echo devices have been updated by Amazon. For those who are lovers of Alexa, over Google Assistant, this is great news. Both the Echo Dot and the design that comes with a clock feature a revamped range controller that is customized for better music. Added to this is a new, sleeker sensor that gives Alexa the ability to perform a task according to the temperature found in the room. Such as, for example, the fan depending on the heat in the room.
The two models mentioned above feature, as an addition, gesture controls. This implies that you can touch the top of it to dismiss the timer or control the music. The Echo Dot Kids features new dragon and owl designs. In addition to this, there are some improvements such as the fifth generation Dots.
3. Sleep tracker
Halo Rise is Amazon’s device to accompany us when we fall asleep. This is not a novel idea, as Google’s Nest Hub has this function of detecting sleep using low-energy radar. Withings also has a pad that is placed under the control and accompanies us while we rest.
The Halo Rise features ambient radar and machine learning technology, and has no microphones or cameras. Instead, the device uses the sleep algorithm with which it has been trained. In this way it tracks breathing patterns based on the clinical data set uploaded to it.
4. QLED Fire TV
The new Fire TV Omni QLED has a quantum dot display for better colors. In addition, Alexa has also been integrated into this device. The TV has 96 local dimming zones to improve black levels. It also offers a new “ambient experience” with famous images in art galleries and some of its own, through Amazon Photos. This is for when you are not watching television. Finally, the new model uses sensors to optimize the appearance of the TV inside the room.