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Adding more smart home devices to your place sure makes life convenient, but let's face it – managing them all can be a bit of a hassle. But guess what? Amazon's got your back! They unveiled the Echo Hub during their recent fall hardware event.

This nifty gadget is tailor-made for controlling your smart home with style. Picture it as a sleeker version of the Echo Show 8 or a miniaturized Show 15, designed to seamlessly blend into your wall or sit pretty on a table or shelf when paired with a desktop stand.

It can talk to pretty much any gadget that plays nice with Alexa.

The wall-mountable control panel comes with an eight-inch touchscreen and a dashboard that you can customize to your heart's content.

It's got built-in radios for Matter, Thread, Zigbee, Bluetooth Low Energy, and Amazon Sidewalk - the nifty long-range protocol Amazon uses to connect with devices even beyond your usual smart home range.

What can the Amazon Echo Hub do?

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With its touchscreen display, you've got the power right at your fingertips. You can effortlessly manage your smart home gadgets with a simple tap.

Whether you want to brighten up your space with some mood lighting, fire up a smart plug, cool down with a fan, or let in some sunshine by controlling your blinds, it's all right there on the dashboard.

Enhanced home security features

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You can arm or disarm your security system with a secure code entry right on the touchscreen.

Plus, you can keep an eye on things with multiple camera streams displayed simultaneously. So, your security cameras and video doorbells are just a quick glance away.

Centralized control of speakers

The cherry on top is that the the Amazon Echo Hub can play conductor for your Echo devices orchestra. If you've got music playing on all your Echo speakers at once, the control panel on the Hub lets you adjust the volume for all of them with a single touch.

Lightning-fast local connection capability

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What really sets the Echo Hub apart is the local connection capability. This means your smart home commands don't have to travel to the cloud and back, resulting in lightning-fast responses.

Amazon claims that with locally connected devices, the Echo Hub can react in as little as 300 milliseconds. That's quick!

Adaptive infrared sensor

Oh, and it's got a built-in infrared sensor that's smart too. It knows when you're in its vicinity and adapts the display accordingly. Approach it, and you'll see your smart home dashboard.

Step back, and you can personalize it to display your favorite photos. It's like having a tech-savvy butler for your home.

Map View and lidar technology

While lidar tech isn't groundbreaking (robot vacuums have been doing it for a while), it's a game-changer for Alexa users.

Thanks to the new Map View feature, available on iPhone 12 or newer models, Alexa can now utilize lidar technology to scan your rooms and create detailed floor plans.

Now, instead of just verbally commanding your devices like "LAMP2 goes in SPAREROOM," you can visually map out your smart home setup. Visual control simply makes everything smoother.

Price and release date

The Amazon Echo Hub comes with a price tag of $179.99 in the US, £169.99 in the UK, and AU$329 in Australia. Now, that might seem like a pretty penny for what essentially serves as the command center for your smart home setup.

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Amazon Echo Hub

Voice-controlled smart home hub

The Echo Hub, an Alexa-powered control panel, simplifies smart home device management with its sleek, 8-inch touch display.

Designed for easy setup, this device allows users to effortlessly control smart devices, security systems, and view camera feeds through a customizable dashboard.

Featuring Adaptive Content, it uses infrared to detect presence, seamlessly switching screens for optimized use.

The Echo Hub can be wall-mounted or stand-supported, integrating Zigbee, Sidewalk, Thread, Bluetooth, and Matter for compatibility with over 140,000 smart devices.

It offers both wireless and ethernet connections, including power-over-ethernet (PoE) support, making it a versatile hub for any smart home.

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