Gadget Ogling: Show and Tell, Fidget Folly, and Connected Nightlights

Welcome to the latest edition of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that’s finally recovered from the North American national holiday cookouts to pore over gadget announcements of note.

In our fireworks spectacular this time around are an Amazon Echo speaker with a screen, a Bluetooth fidget spinner, and a nightlight that alerts you to notifications.

As always, these are not reviews (thanks for still not bringing Echo to Canada, Amazon!). The ratings are indicative only of how much I’d like to try each item. Assuming, of course, that Amazon ever brings more of its products to the Great White North.

Visual Echoes

I’m cheating. The Amazon Echo Show (pictured above) was announced in early May, but with one column between then and now, and there was just no space last time around. The Show has just been released, though, meaning it’s worth casting an eye over even now.

This is the first in Amazon’s line of Echo smart speakers to incorporate a screen, and it seems very much more “speaker with a display” than “tablet with better audio and microphones.”

It has all the functionality of Echo, including access to Alexa, Amazon’s voice-operated assistant. The screen can, for example, provide a more detailed weather outlook than what Alexa spouts out, and it can keep you more on track when you’re working through a recipe by displaying each step as you need it.

 

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