Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Amazon brings alarm-like smart speaker Echo Spot to India

Amazon brings alarm-like smart speaker Echo Spot to India

Alexa's most popular skills are playing music and setting alarms, so it'll come as no surprise that the Echo Dot excels at both. However, those acquainted with it have guessed that the Alexa robot will follow people around the house, particularly into places where they don't have stationary echo devices available. You can already use Alexa on certain Fire TV devices, but only by pressing a button, or using a separate Echo device. "We are excited to bring Echo Spot to our customers in India". The device is said to feature an IR (infrared) emitter, which suggests that users will be able to control it with other IR remote controllers. In addition to thousands of Alexa skills, Echo Spot comes with a display and also in-built camera making it more user-friendly in terms of interaction than any other rival brands in the market.

The Echo Dots Kids Edition is available at this link and it costs $79.99. And yes, the screen will help you shop on as well using voice commands and the screen to browse through the products. Unlike the other smart speakers, this one looks like it isn't going to bear the Echo moniker, instead being called the Fire TV Cube. The basic freebie offers parental control features, enabling parents/guardians to block off features such as adding items to shopping lists, which we're sure will be a relief to anyone.

The Amazon Echo Spot is capable of listening to voices across any corner of the room all thanks to the four second-gen far-field microphones and the enhanced noise cancellation. You can buy two Echo Spot for Rs 19,999 only. Other Indian-specific features such as ordering food from Zomato, booking an Ola cab etc. can be done through the Echo Spot. Users can also connect the Spot to home entertainment system through Bluetooth or a 3.5mm stereo cable to voice activate entire home entertainment system. Simply add FreeTime to an existing or new Echo device to get started.

It has a light-up strip along the front, like the Alexa bar around an Echo or Echo Dot.

Alexa, Amazon's voice assistant, will likely figure heavily in the robot. The company claims that they are hands-free and fast. Alexa is the brain behind the Echo devices.

While Amazon's Vesta robot project is still a new one, the demand for such technology in the home is not entirely fresh. It comes with a two-year guarantee and a free year of Amazon's parental control feature, FreeTime Unlimited. "Our target groups for Echo devices are families that are technology-friendly and willing to spend for convenience".

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