After presenting its new Amazon Echo, the firm has announced the new Amazon Echo Show 10, a smart HD 10-inch display equipped with Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa. It can be used for video calls with Zoom, Skype, or Amazon’s own video conferencing service Chime.
But unlike anything you’ve seen before, the screen tracks your movements and automatically moves to keep you framed in the 13 MP camera with computer vision. This feature can be interesting if you have difficulty constantly sitting while making a video call. During video calls, the camera can automatically pan and zoom to keep you centered in the frame.
That data is all processed on the device itself rather than on Amazon’s servers. The Echo Show 10 has several other privacy options, including a camera shutter. You can disable smart movement by asking Alexa or by closing the camera with the shutter. Also, you can decide whether or not to save voice recordings linked to your Amazon account, or ask Alexa to wipe them all.
The Echo Show 10’s screen is 10 inches with HD resolution and, according to Amazon, brings a brighter panel than the previous generation. The speakers deliver premium, a directional sound that adapts to the space you’re in. As with the new 4th generation Echo, there is an integrated Zigbee hub for controlling compatible smart home devices.
When you’re out, Echo Show 10 can act as a security camera, which automatically rotates to monitor the environment. You can set up to be alerted when someone enters the camera’s field of view, or create a routine to automatically turn on the lights whenever someone enters the room.
It is made with recycled materials, such as 100% recycled fabric (base cover), 100% recycled aluminum diecast, and 30% recycled plastics.
Amazon Echo Show 10 can now be pre-ordered in the US and costs $250 there and will ship before the end of the year in the US.