Amazon reinvents the alarm clock with Echo Spot

20 April, 2018, 17:23 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • Amazon reinvents the alarm clock with Echo Spot

It's no surprise that Google is looking to make money off the Google Assistant, especially with the push to get the Google Home speaker into more households.

The Echo and Echo Dot have been available in Australia since February. But Amazon launched its Australian site in December 2017.

It specifically builds on the two-way intercom feature released last summer which lets you speak to individual Echo devices and have a person reply.

In fact, for its latest product coming to Australia, it's turning to a design inspiration set in the good ol' days, long before speakers were smart and were made to sit beside the bed.

Amazon reinvents the alarm clock with Echo Spot

Amazon can afford to sell its Echo devices at a break-even price or loss because the voice-powered platform is a gateway to its gargantuan e-commerce business.

The Echo Spot offers users all the functionality of the Amazon Echo, including controlling your smart devices around your home, or playing music but it now comes in a smaller form factor and with the added benefit of a built-in circular display which can display the time, show lists or even play video.

That means if you place it in the kitchen, you'll be able to talk to friends and family from the Echo speaker, or if you place it next to your bed, you'll be able to do all of those convenient video calls from the comfort of your own bed. Echo Spot can also directly connect to speakers through Bluetooth or using a 3.5mm stereo cable, enabling you to add Alexa to your home entertainment system. Previously, devices like the Chumby arrived sporting a similar concept, with a screen inside of a small appliance.

With the "Alexa, announce that." or "Alexa, tell everyone." commands, you'll be able to say, for instance "Alexa, tell everyone that dinner is ready" and have the "dinner is ready" part relayed in your voice to every Echo device on your network at once. It'll cost you AU$199.

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