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Published on May 30th, 2019 | by admin

Amazon Introduces Echo Show 5—Compact Design, Rich Sound and Built-In Camera Shutter—Just $129 

Alexa adds new features, including updated smart home controls, customisable morning and evening routines, new privacy features, and even more visual content

Today, Amazon announced the newest addition to the Echo Show family—Echo Show 5. With its compact design, 5.5-inch display, rich sound, HD camera, and built-in camera shutter, Echo Show 5 lets Alexa show you things in every room of your home—all for only $129.

“Since we launched the first Echo Show device, customers have told us that they love asking Alexa to show them things—whether it’s a recipe for chicken parma, their to-do list, or Prime Video. With Echo Show 5, we’ve made it even easier and affordable for customers to add a smart display to every room of their house,” said Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “The compact form factor is perfect for a bedside table or desk, plus it has a camera shutter for added peace of mind, and new Alexa privacy features for even more control.”

Compact Design for Rich Entertainment

With rich and full sound, Echo Show 5 is great for watching music videos from Vevo or for listening to your favourite songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, TuneIn, and more. Simply say, “Alexa, play my feel good music”” when you’re taking a break.

Echo Show 5 makes it easy to catch up on your favourite shows and short videos from Prime Video, watch the latest episode of 7 Sunrise, tune into rolling commentary and updates from Fox Sports and more. Coming soon, a new integration with wikiHow allows you to access hundreds of how-to videos by voice—all you have to do is ask to learn how to open a tight jar, tie a tie, or open a coconut.

New Ways to Control Your Smart Home

A new smart home dashboard available on all Echo Show devices gives you even more control over compatible smart home devices and groups. Simply say, “Alexa, turn on the lights,” or use the on-screen controls to adjust the light’s brightness or turn it off. You can also view your smart home camera feed and thermostats, access recently used devices, and manage smart devices by group.

With the Ring Stick Up Camera or the Arlo baby camera, just say, “Alexa, show me the nursery camera,” to check on your baby when your hands are full of laundry or you’re working in the office. Echo Show 5 also has two-way talk functionality with Ring doorbell cameras. Simply say, “Alexa, answer the front door,” when the doorbell rings or the camera detects motion and you’ll be able to see and talk to whoever is at the front door.

Wake Up and Wind Down with Alexa

Now, there are even more ways customise your morning and evening routines with Alexa. Set a nighttime routine that turns off your bedroom lamp and starts playing nature or sleep sounds for relaxation.  When your alarm goes off in the morning, wake up to an Alexa Sunrise—the screen on Echo Show devices will naturally brighten and display a sunrise animation before your alarm goes off. You can also create a routine that starts the kettle 10 minutes after your alarm goes off, or one that gives you weather forecast, morning news, and an email update when you say “Alexa, start my day.”

Personalise Your Experience

Choose from all-new clock faces or add a personal photo from your latest holiday to make the home screen unique to you and your family. You can also play a slideshow of your photos, view a specific album or set your photos to rotate in the background. Plus, the new ambient lighting mode auto-adjusts the brightness of the screen based on the brightness of the room—so it’s never too bright or too dark. To get even more from your Alexa experience, swipe left from the far right side of the screen to access shortcuts and discover all that Alexa can do—from smart home controls to recipes, reminders, skills and more.

Connect with Family and Friends

Stay in touch with your closest friends and family with hands-free video calls to those who have an Echo Spot or Echo Show device, the Alexa app, or Skype. Plus, with Echo Show 5 in multiple rooms of your home, you can easily drop in on another room or make an announcement that dinner is ready.

Skills for the Screen

There are thousands of visual skills from third party developers available on Echo Show devices. Watch the AFL daily footy feed, get the latest headlines from news outlets including Sky News Australia, or keep the kids entertained with stories and games from Kinderling, Huggies, Nickelodeon and  more. You can also catch up on your favourite podcasts like Australian True Crime, Squiz Today, SEN Breakfast, or choose your favourite from Pocket Casts, chill out with some relaxing meditation, or plan your next commute with NextThere. To learn more about skills, simply say, “Alexa, show me skills.”

Privacy by Design

Echo devices are built with multiple layers of privacy protections. As with all Echo Show devices, the new Echo Show 5 includes a microphone/camera off button that electronically disconnects both the microphone and camera, and a clear visual indicator that shows when audio or video is streaming to the cloud. Plus, Echo Show 5 has a built-in camera shutter so now you can easily cover the camera, while still being able to talk to Alexa.

Amazon is also introducing new, even easier ways to delete your voice recordings on all Alexa-enabled devices—all you have to do is ask. Coming soon, customers will be able to say “Alexa, delete what I just said” or “Alexa, delete everything I said today” and the respective recordings will be deleted. Plus, a new Alexa Privacy Hub will offer a single source of information on how Echo devices are designed as well as the controls you have over your Alexa experience.

Pricing and Availability

Echo Show 5 will be available in Charcoal and Sandstone for $129. You can also choose to purchase a magnetic stand that lets you tilt the device to adjust the viewing and camera angles for only $29.95. Both are available for pre-order today at www.amazon.com.au/echoshow5 and will start shipping in Australia, as well as the US, UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, India, New Zealand and Mexico, from next month.

Echo Show 5 will also be available from JB Hi-Fi and Officeworks from next month.


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