|This is a Daily Tech headlines Special detailing the announcements from Facebook's Oculus 6 Conference and Amazon's event|
|Oculus 6 Conference|
|At the Oculus 6 conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a software update called Oculus Link that will let Oculus Quest users connect their headset to a PC using a USB-C cable. That lets Quest play the more graphically intensive Oculus Rift games. Oculus Link arrives in November||https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/25/oculus-link-quest-rift-VR/|
|The Oculus Quest will implement some deep learning and model-based tracking to use its existing cameras for hand tracking through a software update early next year. The feature will be an experimental opt-in choice for users.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/25/20883735/oculus-quest-vr-hand-tracking-announcement-release-update-oc6-virtual-reality|
|Facebook also announced that it will launch a VR environment called Facebook Horizon in 2020. Facebook Horizon will let users create their own avatars to chat with friends and play games among other things. Existing services Facebook Spaces and Oculus Rooms will shut down October 25.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/25/facebook-horizon/|
|New Facebook-powered social features will come to Oculus later this year. Chats will let you message Oculus friends from your headset or outside of it. Event planning for events in VR was also announced. And you'll be able to post to Facebook from the Oculus, things like clips of games etc.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/25/20883825/oculus-facebook-chats-events-posts-social-connect|
|Facebook announced it is building augmented reality glasses along with having the Facebook reality Labs develop LiveMaps which will recreate the planet in a 3D map. LiveMaps is being built using machine learning and pulling geotagged images from the Facebook user base. The technology is a few years away.||https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/25/facebook-ar-livemaps-3d-planet-mapping-augmented-reality-glasses/|
|Fandango Now is live on the Oculus Go and Quest VR headsets so you can buy or rent movies and TV shows or access your previous purchases including Movies Anywhere purchases. FandangoNow will feature in the Oculus TV app.||https://variety.com/2019/digital/news/oculus-go-quest-fandangonow-store-3d-1203348568/|
|Respawn Entertainment revealed Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, a virtual reality take on the classic WWII franchise. Coming next year.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/25/20883588/respawn-oculus-vr-medal-of-honor-above-and-beyond-announcement-release-date|
|The Echo Dot with Clock has an LED display embedded in the usual fabric cover. The display can show the time, timers, and outside temperature among others. It also lets you tap the top button for snooze to get an extra nine minutes from an alarm. It does not have a camera. Preorders are available for now for $59.99. No word on shipping.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/25/20883469/amazon-echo-dot-clock-new-led-alexa-languages-features-price-speaker-release-date|
|The third generation echo has neodynium drivers and a 3-inch woofer for better sound. It also now comes in a twilight blue color. Preorders have begin for $99.99. No word on shipping.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/25/20879671/amazon-echo-3rd-generation-speaker-features-specs-price-alexa|
|The Echo Studio is a premium speaker that has 3D audio support with Dolby Atmos. It can use the microphones to calibrate audio for the room. The speaker has three midrange speakers a tweeter and a woofer. It can support stereo pairing with another speaker as well. It is positioned to work with Amazon Music HD and Amazon says it is working with studios to get more tracks that support 3D audio. The Echo Studio is available for preorder at $199. No word on shipping.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/25/amazon-unveils-the-199-echo-studio-its-answer-to-the-apple-homepod-and-google-home-max/|
|The Echo Show 8 is a mid-sized Echo Show with an 8-inch HD display and a privacy shutter. All Echo Shows are getting "drop in on all" which starts a group chat with everyone in your family that has an Echo device. And the kids bundle of content called Free Time is coming to Echo Show devices as well. The Echo Show 8 is available for preorders at $129.99 shipping in time for the holidays.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/25/20883797/amazon-new-echo-show-8-speaker-alexa-features-specs-price-release-date-holidays|
|Amazon Voice Services is getting some new features|
Multilingual mode will let people speak one of two languages to a device without having to switch a setting.
US - English and Spanish
Canada - English and French
India - English and Hindi
A Neural text to Speech model that lets the voice be more emotive and expressive without relying on recorded phrases. It will launch with a Samuel L. Jackson voice that has an explicit mode if you ant it. Additional celebrity voices will come next year for $0.99 each.
The ability to ask "Tell me what you just heard" is now live. Later this year you'll be able to ask "why did you do that?" And Amazon has added an auto delete feature to its Privacy Hub to erase video recordings after 3 or 18 months. And Alexa Communications for Kids will let parents white list contacts that their kids are allowed to talk to on Echo devices.
And Amazon Voice Services is coming to Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles in the first half of next year. Added through a software update to model 2018 and newer cars.
Next year Ring Doorbell Elites get a feature to let Amazon Voice Assistant answer a doorbell and talk to people at your door.
|And finally more hardware|
|Ring Indoor Cam. Preorders now for $60. Stick Up Cam for outdoor running off battery, wall power or solar power add-on. Preorder now for $100. Ring security cameras will get a "Home" mode in November to stop recording when you're around. And Ring Alarm Retrofit Kit that can integrate your home's existing security system hub with a Ring Alarm setup. Coming in November for $200, or bundled with an Alarm Hub for $376.||https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/25/ring-indoor-camera-stick-up-cam-alarm-kit/|
|New Eero mesh routers for $99 each or three for $249 available in the US today and Europe later this year. Did not clarify if they are WiFi 6. Can now use voice to turn guest wifi on and off or pause WiFi access for specific devices on the network. Those voice controls will also come to routers from TP-Link, Asus, Linksys and Arris.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/25/amazon-introduces-new-99-eero-mesh-wifi-routers/|
|Echo Flex plugs into a wall outlet for voice command reception. It has a USB port for device charging. It includes a slot to plug in an additional nightlight or motion sensor for $15 each. An API will let developers build other accessories. Available for preorder at $25.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/25/20883839/amazon-echo-flex-home-security-safety-speaker-features-specs-price-alexa-ring|
|The Echo Glow is a lamp that you can pair with an Echo. The lamp can do a sleep timer to gradually dim, play music and flashing lights in dance party mode and cycle through rainbow colors. Preorder int he US costs $29.99.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/25/20883766/amazon-echo-glow-kids-lamp-speaker-features-specs-price-alexa|
|The Amazon Smart Oven can do convection cooking, air frying and food drying along with typical microwave oven functions. You can use Amazon's Alex app or an Echo Show to scan food labels from Whole Foods products for automatic cooking programming. Preorders today for $250 with a free Echo Dot. ||https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/25/amazon-introduces-an-alexa-compatible-smart-oven/|
|Echo Buds, wireless earbuds with Amazon Voice Services and Bose noise reduction. Say the wake word to activate or tap and hold to use the connected devices native smart assistant. Preorder now for $130||https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/9/25/20879665/amazon-echo-earbuds-noise-reduction-fitness-tracking-fprice-release-date-alexa|
|But Wait there's more|
|Sidewalk is a low-bandwidth long-distance wireless protocol meant to connect IoT devices. Better range than Bluetooth and WiFi at up to a mile and more power efficient and simpler than 5G. Uses free 900 MHz spectrum. Amazon will publish the protocol for other device makers to integrate. The first product will be the Ring Fetch, meant to track your dog, coming next year.|
|Amazon also announced the "Certified for Humans" program to make setting up smart home devices easier. Devices in the program will have a reduced number of steps to connect to Amazon Voice Services, support automatic firmware updates among a dozen other requirements.|
|Echo Frames glasses. Integrated mics and a small speaker for voice assistant access. You can swipe the side to get more info, set reminders and use smart home gear.Can accommodate prescription lenses. $180 through the Day 1 Edition program for trying new products.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/25/20883892/amazon-echo-frames-smart-glasses-features-specs-alexa|
|Echo Loop, a smart ring! Titanium frame that pairs with your phone, and has a haptic engine to vibrate for notifications. It's activated when you hit a discreet button. Hold up to your mouth to talk and up to your ear to hear responses. $130 through the Day 1 Edition program for trying new products.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/25/20883902/amazon-echo-loop-smart-ring-features-specs-price-alexa|