Lilbits: Recording on Amazon’s Astro robot and Echo smart speakers could become WiFi range extenders
Amazon’s next-generation eero mesh WiFi routers are expected to bring new features, including WiFi 6E support on at least some models. But they could also bring closer integration with other Amazon hardware: Reporting by Steve Moser that they will allow you to use an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot as a WiFi range extender.
In other recent tech news across the web, it’s been six months since Amazon unveiled its Astro home robot, but the company has apparently only shipped a few hundred to invited guests. It’s unclear when it will be more widely available. Sony has unveiled the design of its second-generation PlayStation VR headset and controllers. Game maker Bethesda shuts down its game launcher app and migrates users to Steam. And one day you may be able to wear a battery thanks to a new fiber or string-like battery that can be woven into clothing… if anyone can figure out how to get it to store more energy.
Here’s a roundup of recent stories:
Unreleased Eero Pro 6E and Eero 6+ will turn 4th Gen Echo into WiFi extenders [The Tape Drive]
The upcoming (and yet to be announced) Eero Pro 6e and Eero 6+ from Amazon are expected to be 6E WiFi-enabled mesh routers that will be able to use 4th-gen Echo and Echo Dot devices as range extenders thanks to “built-in eero” capabilities. Amazon has yet to announce the routers, but they appeared on the FCC’s website last month, suggesting they could be coming soon.
Echo and Echo dot 4th generation devices are currently the only devices compatible with “eero Built-in device”. They will be able to “provide even more wifi to the devices in your connected home”, that is to say act as wifi extenders. There are a few minor drawbacks pic.twitter.com/5EsWMzKMPW
—Steve Moser (@SteveMoser) February 17, 2022
Amazon’s Astro home robot remains elusive six months after debut [Bloomberg]
Six months after introducing the Astro home robot with Alexa, Amazon has apparently only shipped a few hundred units that don’t do much and are still a bit buggy. It’s unclear when you’ll be able to get one without an invite.
MIT engineers produce world’s longest flexible fiber battery [MIT News]
MIT researchers have built a proof-of-concept flexible-fiber battery that’s essentially a 140-meter-long string that can be bent, bent, or woven into fabric. It’s also washable, but only stores 123 milliamp-hours, which is barely enough to charge a smartwatch. You can read an article describing the research on the MIT website.
Shutting down the Bethesda.net Launcher and migrating to Steam [Bethesda]
Bethesda, the company behind popular games such as Fallot, Doom (2016) and Skyrim, is discontinuing the http://Bethesda.net Launcher, will allow users to migrate their games and Wallet to Steam starting in April.
Roku is considering a plan to make its own TVs [Insider]
Roku, a company that got its start with media streamers rather than plugging into a TV, has also worked with TV makers to release sets with built-in Roku capabilities for years. Now, Roku may be considering making its own smart TVs for the first time.
Sony reveals the design of the next PlayStation VR2 headset and VR2 Sense controllers. The ad is light on specs, but expect 4K HDR graphics and a single cord for connection to a PlayStation 5 game console.