The Amazon Echo Show 15 tries to keep families organized.
The Echo Show 15 has a new widget system.
At its invite-only hardware event today, Amazon unveiled the new Echo Show 15 smart display powered by the company’s next-generation “AI processor”, the AZ2 Neural Edge.
The upcoming Echo Show will sport a 15.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1980 × 1080. Inside lives the AZ2 Neural Edge CPU, which uses four cores and, according to Amazon, 22 times as many TOPS (trillion operations per second) than the chip of the last generation. The biggest difference between the AZ2 and the AZ1 is the ability of the AZ1 to process machine learning-based language models “significantly faster”, according to the announcement by Amazon. Computer vision (CV) algorithms can be processed on the device instead of in the cloud, so the Echo Show 15 can handle functions such as visual ID and speech processing with comparatively lower latency. And like the AZ1, the AZ2 can handle speech recognition and CV workloads at the same time.
Enlarge / The Echo Show 15 can be mounted.
Amazon markets the Echo Show 15 as an all-round device for families with a lot on their plate. A new widget gallery lets you see things like sticky notes, calendar events, upcoming deliveries, and recipe ideas on the screen. A smart home favorites widget lets the Echo Show 15 act as a smart home hub, reminding you when you’ve left your smart lamp on or notifying you when someone is lurking in your garden’s smart surveillance camera. Your Echo Buds, Tile Tracker and other smart devices can also be monitored here. Going a step further, you can teach Alexa to recognize noises like the beeping of an open refrigerator or your baby’s crying so you can send an alert to check the situation.
In times when it looks like you haven’t seen a family member in person in years, the Echo Show 15 can also help with message forwarding. The Sticky Notes widgets allow you to leave notes for a specific person, which will only be displayed when Alexa recognizes that person’s face in front of their 5 MP camera.
The Echo Show will launch for $ 250 sometime this year.
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