Amazon has already released an updated version of it 5, 8 And 10 inch echo show Earlier this year, but it wasn’t done yet with the smart display. Today, on the occasion of its annual fall, the company announced the Eco Show 15, which is one of its biggest. With a 15.6-inch 1080p display, the Echo Show 15 looks almost like a large photo frame. It can be wall-mounted or placed on a stand, in portrait or landscape orientation. The The Echo Show 15 will retail for 24 249.99.
Gallery: Amazon Eco Show 15 | 10 pictures
Gallery: Amazon Eco Show 15 | 10 pictures
Since it has such a large display, Amazon has introduced a newly designed home screen to go with the Echo Show 15. You can configure it so that part of the screen has the usual rotating array of surrounding content like headings and weather updates (who will already be familiar with an echo show), while the rest of it can be customized with various Alexa widgets. Think of the whole thing as a versatile family bulletin board.
These widgets include useful applications such as a family calendar, a shared shopping list, sticky notes, to-do lists and reminders. There is a “What to Eat” widget with recipe recommendations from Allrecipes and Epicureas, restaurant delivery choices and more. It has a blue apron option that helps you order food kits and shows you step-by-step recipe instructions.
A “smart home favorite” widget helps you view and control your favorite smart home devices. You can also enable picture-in-picture live camera shows so you can keep an eye on your kids while cooking dinner. There is also a widget to help you track package delivery.
According to Amazon, these Alexa widgets will also be available at other Echo shows, but you’ll need to swipe the screen to see them. At Echo Show 15, however, they can be arranged to appear on the home screen, which cannot be done on the small screen Echo Show. If your guests are present and they don’t want to see all your calendars and personal information, you can enable a picture frame mode on Echo Show 15 so that it only shows pictures or artwork.
In addition, the Echo Show 15 has a new Visual ID feature that enables you to recognize your appearance, which will prompt you to display personal information such as your calendar appointments, reminders and notes. This is potentially beneficial in a versatile family, as you can only show sticky notes to specific family members, for example. In addition, if you enroll your child in Visual ID, the device will display content according to their age.
For those who have privacy concerns, Visual ID is completely optional, plus all the information on the computer is on the device, nothing is going in the cloud. The microphone and camera have power toggles and a built-in camera shutter. Also, you can always view and delete your voice recordings.
Like other Alexa-powered smart displays, the Echo Show 15 has entertainment options including Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu and more. All Echo shows will soon support TicTac and Sling TV streaming as well.
The Echo Show 15 is powered by Amazon’s AZ2 Neural Edge processor, which adds a lot of power to the device’s on-board machine learning and computer vision capabilities. It enables the aforementioned Visual ID feature and it lets you teach Alexa your personal preferences. For example, you can tell Alexa that you are a vegetarian, and the next time you ask Alexa for a recipe, she will remember and only show you the vegetarian recipe.
A particularly interesting new feature is that you can teach Alexa to recognize words. For example, if your refrigerator beeps when it is open for a long time, you can teach Alexa to recognize that word, and then inform you that you need to close the door of your fridge. You can teach it to recognize doorbells, microwave ding, washing machine tunes and other household alerts. This sounds potentially very helpful, especially for those who are hard of hearing.
Amazon says that Echo Show 15 Will be available later this year. Countertop stands and under-cabinet mounting accessories will still be sold separately at fixed prices.
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