Amazon announced the release of eight new Echo Devices, including Echo Buds, described as “truly wireless earbuds with Bose Active Noise Reduction Technology and hands-free access to Alexa for $129.99,” in a press announcement on Amazon’s website.
According to the announcement, each earbud is equipped with three microphones—two outer and one inner—that are said to help reduce ambient noise to facilitate communication with Alexa. Later this year, users will be able to ask Alexa if specific items are in stock at Whole Foods Market, and what department and aisle they can be found in, according to Amazon’s announcement.
Additionally, the Echo Buds have “two premium, balanced armature drivers in each earbud—the driver design is inspired by in-ear monitors used by professional musicians, to deliver crisp, clear vocals, and dynamic bass,” which is said to be ideal for listening to music, podcasts, or radio stations. The Bose Active Noise Reduction feature can help minimize external noise from a crowded restaurant or office, and can be activated by tapping double tapping the earbud. To turn on Passthrough Mode—which will allow noise in again—users can double tap the earbuds again.
Other features include different-sized wing tips and ear tips, an IPX4-rating to withstand splashes, sweat, or light rain, and automatic connection to Siri or Google Assistant. Additionally, Amazon says one battery charge will support up to five hours of music playback or four hours of call time, with the charging case offering three additional charges (up to 15 hours of music playback or four hours of call time).
For more information on the release, please click here for the Amazon website.
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