Popular Science

Last week in tech: Alexa, tell me about the gadget news I missed

New devices from Amazon, a rolling robot, and our shameful musical history.

"Help! I've been trapped inside this Echo Spot device and missed all of last week's big tech news!"


We’re hurtling toward the holiday shopping season, which means companies are putting the finishing touches on their gadgets and getting them ready for the impending crush of consumerism. This week, we met a bundle of new Alexa-based products from Amazon, and Spotify sent everyone on your friends list into a full-on nostalgia bender. Here’s what you might have missed last week.

Alexa party

Amazon gave the Echo smart speaker, and a —which has bigger speakers and more advanced smart home controls. But wait, there’s more. The comes with a small, round screen and a camera for making video calls. There’s also a new to round out the offerings. All these devices start shipping soon and will be happy to help you spend more money on Amazon in the most convenient way possible.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Popular Science

Popular Science2 min read
WiFi Routers That Will Smarten Up Your Entire Home
WiFi has become just as much of a household necessity as electricity, and it only ingrains itself further as more “smart” products and devices enter your domicile. Forget trying to work or do homework without WiFi; soon you won’t even be able to cook
Popular Science2 min read
Google Pixel 4 Smartphone Reviews As Written By IPhones
Last week, Google announced the latest version of its Pixel smartphone. It includes fancy new features like a telephoto camera lens backed up by improved AI, a built-in radar sensor for gesture controls, and a 90 Hz screen for super smooth scrolling.
Popular Science2 min read
Air Mattresses That Don't Hate Your Back
If you’re hosting guests or hitting the road yourself, don't waste your time with those lesser air mattresses. Spines everywhere will thank you.