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What is Echo Dot?

By: NICOLE LYNCH Jon Jee Staff Published: January 12, 2017 8:07 AM

Is Siri being replaced by someone or something better? A rising topic on the internet today is the Amazon Echo Dot. This “dot” is a voice-controlled and hands-free device that can do many things at the call of “her” name, which is Alexa. This device is very fun, informative, and inspiring for all ages. At the price of 50 dollars, you can almost turn your home into a smart home.

The Echo Dot device is part of the Amazon Echo series of speakers that offers three different speaker sizes, including the Echo Dot. The first speaker to come out was Echo, and then a few months later, Amazon released the Amazon Tap and the Echo Dot. Each device is intended to be used in specific environments, thus the size difference. The Echo Dot is different from the other two speakers because Alexa is always ready to be used at the sound of a voice. The Echo Dot is not actually a speaker, but works with other Amazon Echo speakers. It also come in a six- or twelve-pack to ensure the availability of Alexa in every room of the house.

How does Alexa work? Alexa has tons of tricks up her sleeve. To get Alexa to answer your question, or do what you ask, you must first catch her attention by saying her name. For example, if you want Alexa to tell you a bedtime story, you must say, “Alexa, tell a bedtime story for (insert your name here).” Saying “Alexa” before you give the command causes her to light up, which means she is ready to listen.

What does Alexa do? Alexa can connect to any bluetooth device. She can play music, tell you bedtime stories, order items from Amazon, set alarms or sleep timers, tell you an interactive story, or tell you about the weather. She can play games with you such as “Jeopardy” or an interactive story titled, “The Magic Door.” She can start your day off by giving you some inspirational words said by famous people, even in their voice! If you are curious about the weather or the news, she can give you the daily “Flash Briefing,” which gives you popular news and podcasts from the National Public Radio (NPR).
She can also tell you what happened on that particular day in history. Alexa is more than just a dot that can talk.

What’s the catch? Alexa can do numerous things, but she cannot do everything. With some questions, she gets a little confused, and before you want to play a game or have Alexa tell you a story, you must first go to the app and enable the skill. The size of this echo dot is about the size of a hockey puck.

The Alexa Echo Dot is a small device that can make your days easier. Instead of going through the trouble to look up a song on your phone, you can easily speak to Alexa, and ask her to play the desired song. Alexa is inspiring, entertaining, and educational for all ages. This voice-controlled and hands-free device can do many things, at the price of just $50.

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