Amazon recently introduced two voice-controlled products that supplement the smart home ecosystem and add to Amazon Echo’s capabilities. The new smart devices, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap, are smaller than Echo, but have built-in speakers to create additional control locations throughout the home to expand the use of the voice assistant Alexa to outside.
These two gadgets have broadened the smart home concept, using the voice assistant Alexa as its foundation, and create a network of devices that work with one voice algorithm. Echo Dot and Amazon Tap are becoming more portable while maintaining the entire Echo “skills” in diverse locations.
Before the introduction of Dot and Tap, users relied on an always-activated Amazon Echo that stayed in one location in a home. The new smaller devices from Amazon are expanding Echo’s reach. Users can even carry their virtual assistant to remote locations to use Echo whenever they want.
Echo Dot represents a smaller version of the actual Amazon Echo with the seven built-in microphones just like the original Echo and far-field voice recognition that ensures the device’s feedback from any direction. The gadget also plugs into any speaker system or connects through Bluetooth to ensure great audio quality.
Voice commands with Echo Dot are generated exactly as with Amazon Echo and Alexa is in a constant listening mode. With the help of several Dots placed throughout a home, it can be turned into a true voice-command center.
Amazon Tap was created to answer the needs of users who want to be able to utilize Echo remotely on the go. Tap is wireless and connects to Wi-Fi or through Bluetooth and just like Echo it provides the full-range sound.
The wireless connection of Tap is the primary difference from Echo. Additionally, a user needs to tap the microphone button to talk to Alexa to enter a command, so battery power is conserved. When the battery is getting low (the device can work up to nine hours if unplugged), Alexa sends out a warning.
The launch of these companion devices is a big step forward into creating a range of entire household controllers. Due to Amazon’s ingenuity, voice commands are becoming a key method to replace multi-step interactions with an app on a smartphone or tablet.
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