Amazon’s fall event saw the introduction of a handful of new devices and some excellent software additions. During the packed event, the company also unveiled a new subscription service known as ‘Alexa Together’ which will replace the Alexa Care Hub service by 2022 (via).
But unlike Alexa Care Hub, the newly launched service is not free. It offers the same set of features as Care Hub, including the ability to look after family members remotely. Alexa Together can also send notifications when a family member accesses their Alexa device.
Further, it shows a feed detailing the family member’s interactions with the voice assistant on any given day. Users can also reach their loved ones in an emergency with the addition of a hands-free “urgent response emergency helpline.”
Amazon has built-in compatibility with fall detection devices like the Vayyar Home and the ATS FD1. With the help of Remote Assist, caregivers with access to Alexa Together can set reminders, use music services, or even check the shopping list even if they’re not physically around the Alexa device.
Alexa Together will be available later this year for $19.99 per month
The company said that it will increase the number of accounts that can access Alexa Together’s services in 2022. The addition of these features means that the service is no longer meant only to care for the elderly, but anyone who may require additional caregiving.
Amazon said it will charge $19.99 per month for Alexa Together when it goes live later this year. New subscribers will get a 6-month free trial for the service while existing Alexa Care Hub users get a 1-year free trial.
The company’s fall event on September 28 had a couple of big introductions, including the Echo Show 15. This new wall-mountable screen brings the company’s new Visual ID feature to the mix. This feature recognizes the user via the camera and reflects the relevant content on the screen.
Amazon said that it will also have a kids version of Visual ID which would hide sensitive data and only show kid-friendly content when they are in the camera’s view. Crucially, Visual ID is an opt-in feature. Moreover, users can delete their Visual ID data whenever they choose. The Echo Show doesn’t have a release date as of yet, though Amazon said it will cost $249.99.