So many tech hardware events. Let’s just call this time of the year, the Event Horizon

So it’s September 23, 2020. Tech companies are announcing their new hardware events. Yesterday, it was Wyze, showing off their New Video Doorbell, Headphones, and Smart Thermostat. Today, Samsung had itsĀ “Unpacked for Every Fan event”, where they announced their new mid-range phone that can do almost anything: the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. Amazon is holding its event tomorrow; Google is holding its event on September 30, 2020.

Wyze Video Doorbell, Wyze Thermostat, and Wyze Headphones

On September 22, 2020, Wyze announced their new Wyze Video Doorbell, which is available on pre-order for January 2021. Wyze also announced that it was releasing its new Wyze Thermostat and Wyze Headphones. Wyze is priming itself to bring competitively priced new tech. Wyze entered the market by showing off the Wyze Cam, a $25 smart cam that can do what the smartest cams can do.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Samsung released a YouTube Video called “Galaxy Unpacked for Every Fan.” They wanted to show their fans that they have been listening to all the comments about the latest S20 series of phones. So they created the S20 FE or Fan Edition: a new S20 phone that has a 120 Hz screen, reverse wireless charging to charge your Samsung Buds or Galaxy Watch from the phone, 128 GB base storage, and 6.5″ Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. This collector’s edition S20 FE will be available for $699 on October 2, 2020.

Amazon Device Event 2020

Amazon announced several new devices last fall. You can read about them here:

  • Echo Buds
  • Echo Frames
  • Echo Loop
  • Echo Studio
  • Amazon Sidewalk
  • Amazon Fetch

Now I think that Amazon will begin to improve its Echo line of devices with a new design and some updated communication technology since they announced the Amazon Sidewalk just a few days ago. It looks like we’ll be able to use our new Echo devices to connect to things outside our home, like pet tracking devices like the Amazon Fetch. I’m excited that Amazon is finding ways to connect everything in the home through bridge networks. I hope they begin to show off their work on the Connected Home over IP Project as well. The Amazon Device Event will be held tomorrow, September 24, 2020. 

Google Hardware Event

Google has been working on connecting us through Google Duo and Google Meet this year. Since most of the world has been working from home, Google has found ways to make video streaming easier. However, this year, Google revealed their new Smart Speaker, the new Pixel 4 5G, and Pixel 5, and the new Android TV – Chromecast device codenamed Sabrina. These devices have all but been shown off. Google also released Android 11 to most devices. Google is also heavily invested in the new Connected Home over IP (CHIP) project, so it will be interesting to see if Google also talks about their Thread protocol – self-healing mesh network.

All these Tech Events in 2020

It’s great to see that our tech companies are announcing new products and opportunities to connect our smart home and smart communities. It’s a big new step in a new world of connectivity. It seems like things are moving so fast in the smart home automation world. Let’s see if we can catch up.