Amazon announced a lot of new stuff this week, just as we saw with Microsoft last week, Apple before. A cheesy $1000 voice activated robot; no thanks. A Ring home security drone; not feeling it. Another fitness tracker; not great. But, they did add items that I’m following for practical purposes, including a smart thermostat at half the price of Nest, the wall mount Echo Show 15, and a video phone for kids to interact with grandparents. Amazon is known for quirky items, so I’m not concerned about the opening items.

Amazon announced a home robot named Astro, a new Echo Show 15 smart screen, a thermostat, a new fitness tracker and more.

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