Amazon introduced the latest version of its Echo Show at its hardware event today. The new Echo Show 10 features the usual Alexa-powered smart assistant, screen and speakers, but includes one new feature that might be particularly useful in the kitchen: it rotates to follow you around.
Think about how you move around when cooking from a recipe. You shift between your prep area to the fridge to the oven to pantry. Being able to always have the recipe in view means no problem if you forget what temperature to set the oven or how many eggs you need to grab.
Even if you aren’t following an on-screen recipe, the ability for the screen to swing around so you can watch a show as you cook or hold a video call is pretty neat.
We haven’t had a chance to play around with the Echo Show 10 yet, so it may not work all that well in reality. And not everyone will be comfortable with an Amazon device watching you and silently following you around with its camera eye.
But, if you’ve already given in and have an Alexa powered assistant, this seems like it could give you a little more mobility and utility. I mean, it doesn’t seem as strange as the indoor drone Amazon also announced today that pops up and flies around your house acting as a security camera.
The new Echo Show 10 will cost $249.99, will be available in Charcoal and Glacier White. Amazon says it will ship in time for the holidays.