Yes, there are plenty of smart speakers in the mix, but some of the most intriguing devices that Amazon’'s voice assistant will also be added to include HP’'s mini-tower with Bang & Olufsen speakers, Lenovo’'s ThinkPad Carbon X1, Garmin’'s Speak Plus dash cam, and First Alert’'s smoke detector.
From augmented-reality glasses to mirrors to robots, here’'s a look at some that have caught our eye.
Garmin's newest in-car gadget not only provides spoken turn-by-turn directions on its color OLED display, but now includes a 1080p dash cam, and will give lane-departure and forward- collision warnings. And, with Alexa built in, you'll be able to listen to audiobooks, control smart- home devices and even shop on Amazon while you're driving. The Speak Plus will be available in February for $199.
Vuzix's new augmented-reality glasses weigh about 3 ounces, but project a small screen in front of your right eye. Here, you can look up directions, get notifications, check the weather and more. While the Blade has a small touch panel on the right temple, you can use the glasses' microphone to speak Alexa commands. Using the Blade AR's camera, you'll even be able to say, "Alexa, what am I looking at?" and it will identify the object in front of you. These glasses are expected sometime this year, and will sell for $1,000.
Not since Snow White have you been able to talk to a mirror and have it respond, but Kohler's Verdera will do just that when you say "Alexa…." In addition to Amazon's assistant, the mirror has two dimmable LEDs on each side, as well as a small night-light that helps you make your way to the bathroom when you wake up at 3 a.m. The mirror will be available in March in three sizes: 24 inches ($999), 34 inches ($1,199) and 40 inches ($1,299).
This triangular Windows 10 mini-tower is wrapped in acoustic fabric and features Bang & Olufsen speakers to produce 360-degree audio. The top of the attractive Wave lights up blue when Alexa is activated. Full specs have yet to be released, but the Wave will start at $549, and will feature a 7th-Generation Intel Core processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and an optional AMD R9 470M graphics card. Ports include three USB 3.0, one USB 3.1 Type-C, an HDMI and a DisplayPort.
This smoke and carbon-monoxide detector won't come cheap at $249, but it will come with Alexa. That means you can control your smart-home devices and even play music through this ceiling-mounted 10-watt speaker. It's a hardwired device, but there's a battery backup in case the power goes out. The OneLink Safe & Sound will also offer Google Assistant when it becomes available later this year.
This Alexa-enabled alarm clock has Qi wireless charging built into its flat top, so you can easily refuel your smartphone at night. It will offer omnidirectional sound, and a large LCD display on the front to shows you the time. Buttons on the top will let you raise and lower the volume, as well as skip tracks. It will be available for $149 in the second or third quarter of 2018.
This smart switch not only lets you adjust your lighting, but also sports a 5-inch touch screen that gives you access to music, a clock and customizable scenes that let you control multiple smart-home devices at once. In addition, the switch has a motion sensor, an ambient light sensor and a camera, which lets you use the Brilliant Control as an intercom. A mic and speaker lets you interact with Alexa as well as Google Assistant. A single switch costs $199, while other models, which have dedicated touch controls for lights, start at $249. Preorders are sold out, but more are expected in the first half of 2018.
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