Flying Ring drone and Luna games service: Amazon’s smart home security division Ring has unveiled a flying Ring drone and Luna games service that launches if sensors detect a potential home break-in. It is designed to activate only when residents are out, works indoors, and is limited to one floor of a building. The firm also unveiled an online games-streaming service and a voice-activated screen that swivels about. But one campaign group described the drone camera as Amazon’s “most chilling home surveillance product” yet.
“It’s difficult to imagine why Amazon thinks anyone wants flying internet cameras linked up to a data-gathering company in the privacy of their own home,” said Silkie Carlo from Big Brother Watch.
Luna games service for Games streaming:
Amazon’s other big announcement was the launch of its long-rumoured cloud-based games-streaming service. Luna will run games on remote computer servers so that players do not need to buy a console or other dedicated devices beyond a controller. Its Luna+ channel will offer access to a selection of older games such as Control, Resident Evil: Biohazard, Sonic Mania and Metro: Exodus for $6 a month.
Many gamers may be more interested in the forthcoming “Ubisoft channel”, which will include the publisher’s next Assassin’s Creed game among other blockbuster releases. The monthly cost of the Ubisoft channel has yet to be disclosed. At launch, Luna will work with Amazon’s own Fire TV dongles, Windows and MacOS computers, as well as on iPhones and iPads via the web browser.
Flying Ring drone and Luna games service, Smart speakers:
Amazon also launched a new version of its Echo Show 10 smart screen, which can now rotate to stay facing its users as they move about. In addition, the built-in camera has been upgraded to a 13-megapixel component to allow it to digitally zoom in and track users. This should help the machine keep the owner in view during a video chat, and mirrors the capabilities of Facebook’s rival Portal product.
The device will also add support for Zoom video calls and Netflix, as well as retaining Amazon’s proprietary services and Skype. Amazon added that Alexa’s voice would soon sound more natural, by adding pauses for Alexa to take a “breath”. And it said the virtual assistant would soon become better at recognising when customers were talking to it and when they were talking to each other, after it had been activated by a wake word.
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