“At Amazon, we think big, experiment and invest in new ideas to delight customers,” Amazon spokesman Tim Gilman said in a statement to On the edge. “We also continually assess the progress and potential of our products to deliver value to customers and regularly make adjustments based on these assessments.” We will be sharing updates and guidance with Glow customers soon.” Gilman declined to share more details.
The actual Amazon Glow hardware consisted of a teleconferencing device with a built-in desktop projector that could project things like games or puzzles onto a special mat. The idea was that a child could play games on the mat while video chatting with a parent or family member on another device (Amazon recommends using a tablet). In her review of Glow, Jennifer Pattison Tuohy praised many of the product’s games and intuitive interface, but criticized it for being occasionally buggy and taking up a lot of space.
It’s unclear how well the Glow is selling—probably not well, since Amazon discontinued it just over a year after it was announced—but according to Bloombergit only had about 500 reviews, which is pretty low for an Amazon product.