Amazon Echo Dot is the latest addition to Amazon’s Echo line of cylindrical voice-controlled computing devices that connect to the Alexa Voice Service for providing responses to questions, playing music, reporting on weather, news or sports scores and more.
Like the original Amazon Echo, Echo Dot devices also offer smart home connectivity for controlling internet-enabled (Internet of Things – IoT) appliances in your home such as lights, thermostats, switches and similar smart electronics devices. Amazon Echo Dot also provides additional functionality for users through connections to apps and services like Spotify, Uber and Twitter.
Amazon Echo Dot users can wake up their device by simply saying the word “Alexa,” and the device features seven microphones with beam-forming technology, enabling Echo to hear a person’s voice from anywhere in a room.
The Full Amazon Echo Line: Echo, Echo Tap and Echo Dot
Amazon introduced the original Amazon Echo in November 2014, and currently sells the Echo for $179.99. There are no monthly fees associated with using Amazon Echo devices or accessing Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service.
The Echo product line is currently rounded out with the battery-operated, highly portable $130 Echo Tap, which requires users to hit a button to initiate interactions.
The Echo Dot itself offers much of the same functionality as the original Echo device but at a considerably smaller price tag ($50) and with a much sleeker profile. The Echo Dot does however lack the audio quality of the larger Echo in terms of music playback.