Hands on with Amazon Echo Spot

"Alexa, show me who's at the front door..."
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Hands on with Amazon Echo Spot

Alexa’s latest outfit

By now you’ve probably heard about Amazon Alexa. It’s like Apple’s Siri, but it was born inside a speaker instead of an iPhone. Amazon’s virtual assistant was originally introduced on the Echo, which is a tall, cylindrical speaker, but now it’s time for something a little different.

Introducing Echo Spot

This alarm clock-type device can go in any room. It features a 2.4-inch circular screen, has a camera lens for video chats, speakers for on-demand music, and a 3.5mm stereo output to connect it to big speakers.

The big thing that differentiates the Echo Spot from the original Echo is its touchscreen. Mainly because it has one, and Echo doesn’t. This adds an extra dimension of interaction with Alexa, now letting it show you stuff, instead of just speaking at you.

You can request a video roundup of the morning news when you wake up. You could monitor other rooms through smart security cameras. Or, you could even have the lyrics to your favourite song automatically scrolled through as it plays aloud on Spotify. And you can customise the alarm clock face to suit the room.

Part of the family

One of the best things about the Echo clan is that they play nice with lots of other IoT stuff. For music, you can request songs from Amazon Music (obviously), Spotify, Pandora, Audible, or TuneIn. And if you want to link Alexa to the likes of your smart lights, your home security, or a Wi-Fi-operated coffee machine, you can. A few of the big names include Samsung SmartThings, Philips Hue, WeMo, ecobee, and Insteon.

What do I need to make it go?

As with most other connected tech, you’ll need a stable Wi-Fi network in place so they can connect to the internet. A smartphone is also generally helpful, as it comes with an accompanying app. And to make the most of it – in terms of music – you’d probably be wise to sign up to the likes of Spotify or Amazon Music.

You can order your very own Amazon Echo Spot today from our sister company, Currys PC World. And if you’ve got any questions, drop us a comment below.

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