Amazon has introduced Echo Show 15, a new addition to the Echo Show family that is designed to be the digital heart of your home.
With a 15.6-inch, 1080p Full HD display, Echo Show 15 can be mounted on a wall or placed on a counter, either in portrait or landscape orientation, and is designed to help you stay organised, connected, and entertained.
Echo Show 15 is built with the next-generation Amazon AZ2 Neural Edge processor, a redesigned home screen with more customisation options, new personalisation features with visual ID, and all-new Alexa experiences.
“Today, families juggle multiple competing priorities, what time to drop the kids off at soccer practice, what to make for dinner, or when to schedule the next appointment, the list goes on and on. With Echo Show 15, Alexa can help,” said Kate Burleigh, Country Manager for Amazon Alexa, ANZ.
“Our continued innovation across Alexa and Amazon devices is to always be there when you need it, but fade away quietly when you don’t. With visual ID identifying custom homescreen and widget preferences across a household, Alexa’s performance has never felt more personal.” Patrick Walker, Country Manager for Amazon Devices, ANZ added: “Echo Show 15 brings everything that makes your household tick into one place. With a redesigned home screen that acts as your smart home control hub, you can customise Echo Show 15 to see your connected devices, shared household calendar, manage to-do lists and reminders, and even find meal inspiration. Kiwis also love the entertainment features that Echo Show devices enable, and we’re sure this new framed form factor will help bring together home organisation, smart home control and entertainment in new ways.”
With customisable Alexa widgets, Echo Show 15bringstogether everything families need on its beautiful 15.6-inch Full HD screen.
To complement Echo Show 15’sambient rotating content, you can customise your home screen using a new widgets gallery, which lets you choose and add the information most useful to you.
Alexa widgets continually refresh to stay up to date, so you always have the latest information, and you can easily rearrange them to suit your needs and preferences.
With the new visual ID feature, Alexa can recognise you and personalise the on-screen information on Echo Show 15. After enrolling in visual ID, if you walk in front of Echo Show 15, Alexa will recognise you and the screen will automatically update to show you a custom greeting, your reminders, calendar events, recently played music, or notes from others in your home.
With Echo Show 15, you can quickly view and update your household’s shared calendar, add or remove items from your shopping list, reorder favourite items, check your to-do list, and more.
And now, with Echo Show 15 in your kitchen, it’s easy to decide what to eat in the moment.
From on-demand recipe recommendations and step-by-step guides, through to voice activated orders for your favourite pizza.
Staying connected means seamlessly managing the devices and services that power your home. A smart home favourites widget lets you view and control your most-used compatible smart home devices with just a tap. The large screen means you can use picture-in-picture viewing to follow a recipe, while also keeping an eye on the nursery via a connected camera.
Echo Show 15also helps you stay connected with loved ones inside and outside the home. With the sticky notes widget, you can leave a note about dinner time for family members, or a reminder to take the dog for a walk. Plus, with visual ID you can send a note directly to a specific family member, which will only show up when Alexa recognises them in front of the device.
With its15.6-inch screen and 5-megapixelcamera,Echo Show 15 is also great for video calls, or to Drop In on a loved one inside or outside of your house.
Enjoy the entertainment you love with its large screen and support for 1080p video streaming, Echo Show 15 can also double as your kitchen TV.
Just ask Alexa to watch movies and TV shows from Prime Video or Netflix.
You can also ask Alexa to play music, your favourite podcaster read your Audible book. Echo Show 15 can also seamlessly blend into your décor by displaying full-screen pictures from Amazon Photos or alternating visuals from pre-loaded art, nature, seasonal, or travel galleries.
Echo Show 15 is powered by the next-generation Amazon AZ2 Neural Edge processor, a machine learning (ML) inference engine with a quad-core scalable architecture.
The AZ2 architecture is custom designed by Amazon, enabling computer vision (CV) algorithms that once required the computer power of the cloud to be processed entirely on the edge.
What this means is that Echo Show 15 is able to recognise a person enrolled in visual ID and will be able to process their images right on the device.
Echo Show 15 is designed with privacy in mind; it has microphone and camera controls, the ability to view and delete your voice recordings, and a built-in shutter to cover the camera.
Visual ID is optional and requires explicit enrollment, and you can delete your visual ID profile at any time through the on-device settings or the Alexa app.
Echo Show 15 offers accessibility features that benefit all customers, including the ability to interact with Alexa using touch instead of voice, to see captions for Alexa’s responses on the device screen, and more.
Pricing and release date are still be confirmed.