Amazon introduced a 15.6-inch addition to its Echo Show lineup: the Echo Show 15. Among the most noteworthy features is the ability to personalize on-screen info using visual ID (the camera scans your face to surface relevant calendar information, notes, etc...). With a display this large the Show 15 can double as a kitchen TV. That’s right, you’re now a kitchen TV person.
There were also a few surprising additions to Amazon’s kid-focused product lineup, including the Amazon Glow — a video-calling device with a built-in, interactive projector screen. The idea here is that parents or loved ones can video chat their kids (or grandkids) and use a combination of the Glow’s 8-inch display and interactive projector to read books, play games, or even scan objects in 3D to create custom puzzles. It’s a webcam, it’s a toy, it’s... Sony’s failed Xperia Agent?
Amazon’s robotic butler, Astro, is probably the biggest surprise to come out of Amazon’s huge product deluge. This cute (or creepy depending on how you look at it) home robot can monitor your home while you’re away with its built-in camera and is being positioned as a tool for checking in on elderly family members while you’re absent via notifications and “drop-ins” — automatic video calls enabled via Astro’s on-board screen. If nothing else, Astro will be a pretty interesting experiment in people’s adoption of home robots.