Amazon’s Alexa voice control platform has invigorated the home automation industry like no other technology has in a very long time. It’s provides homeowners with a completely hands-free method of controlling lights, thermostats, music systems, and more via simple voice commands. According to Charlie Kindel, director of Alexa Smart Home at Amazon, today consumers who use Alexa for home control dispense a voice command 16 times a day, and that’s expected to grow significantly.
Consumers who use Alexa for home control dispense a voice command 16 times a day.
There’s just one problem: The Alexa voice control model is a very much a single-room solution. It can hear your voice when you’re within a certain range of the Echo or Echo Dot; step into a different room, and voice control basically disappears. Recognizing this as potentially hindering Alexa from becoming a whole-house control solution, Amazon recently introduced a new version of the Echo Dot that sells for $49.99, so you can afford to outfit several rooms of your house with Alexa-based voice control capabilities. Even better, Amazon is selling the Dot in packages of six and 12 (buy five Echo Dots, get one free; buy 10, get two free).
Echo Dot that sells for $49.99, so you can afford to outfit several rooms of your house.
The new Echo Dot embodies a sleek and compact design, is available in either black or white, and has the same array of seven microphones found in Amazon Echo. It also features a more powerful speech processor to deliver improved far-field speech recognition accuracy. If you’re worried about all these Dots getting confused over which one is supposed to respond to your command, Amazon has worked that into the new Dot design. The company’s new ESP technology is intelligently calculates the clarity of your voice and determines which Echo is best to respond to the request. This feature is smart, meaning performance improves over time.