Amazon has launched the Echo Spot, its newest addition to the Echo family, in Canada.
Like other devices in the Echo family, the Echo Spot works with Alexa voice control for responding to your commands for information, music playback, to control smart home devices, and more. Similar in design to the Dot, however, the Spot adds a screen, so you can also see the current weather, watch video news briefings, see the time, make video calls, and more.
"We think customers in Canada will find lots of places for Echo Spot in their homes," says Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa.
The size and viewing angle of the Spot make it ideal for placement on a desk or nightstand; or to use it to set timers in the kitchen, for example. Soon, developers, including Air Canada and The Weather Network, will bring visual skills to Echo Spot as well.
Echo Spot features second-generation far-field technology with four microphones, acoustic beam-forming technology, and enhanced noise cancellation so it can hear you from across the room, even while music is playing. If you have more than one Echo, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).
Spot features a front-facing camera and Alexa calling. Use the Drop In feature to instantly connect, hands free, with other devices in your home, intercom-style. Drop in on the kitchen, for example, to ask when dinner will be ready, or on the family room to see how homework is going. You can also use Echo Spot to start a voice or video call, or send a message: simply say, "Alexa, call dad," or "Alexa, send a message to Mary."
Spot has its own built-in 2W speaker, plus Bluetooth and audio-out to connect to your existing speaker systems. With the multi-room music feature, you can play tunes throughout your home, with synchronized music across all of your Echo devices.
With compatible smart home devices, Echo Spot can do things like turn on the lights, view your live camera feed from the nursery, set up Routines, control the temperature, lock your doors with your voice when you're heading to bed, and more.
Echo Spot is available in Canada in black and white for $170, and will start shipping on April 25, 2018, but pre-orders begin today at amazon.ca/echospot.