Amazon Echo’s compact Spot brings a screen to their famous smart speakers in Canada in a neat little package.
The latest addition to Amazon’s Echo family, the Echo Spot has just launched in Canada. The Echo Spot introduces a compact version of the Echo Show, which introduced a screen to the tech giant’s groundbreaking smart speakers.
Tom Taylor, senior vice president of Amazon Alexa, said: “Echo Spot combines the popular small design of Echo Dot with the added benefit of a display, and the features you love about Alexa into a stylish and compact device. See the weather, watch video news briefings, glance at your alarm clock, make video calls, and more. We think customers in Canada will find lots of places for Echo Spot in their homes.”
Amazon’s Echo Spot features a bunch of cool features that’s sure to appeal to it’s new Canadian customers:
Designed for any room, with the added convenience of a screen
Echo Spot fits easily into any room of your home. The size and viewing angle of the screen make Echo Spot ideal for use on a desk or nightstand so you can turn your lights on and off, watch a video flash briefing from CTV News or Global’s Entertainment Tonight Canada, see your commute time, get the weather, check the time, wake up to music alarms, or view your calendar. You can also use Echo Spot in the kitchen to easily set and view timers, call friends and family, see shopping and to-do lists, and more. Soon, developers, including Air Canada and The Weather Network, will bring visual skills to Echo Spot as well.
New microphone array with second-generation far-field technology
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).
Front-facing camera and Alexa calling help you stay connected—call anyone hands free
Put an Echo Spot in each room and use the Drop In feature to instantly connect, hands free with other devices in your home. Drop in on the kitchen to ask when dinner will be ready, or drop in 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.”
Built-in speaker, plus Bluetooth and audio-out to connect to your existing speaker systems
Alexa can talk to you and play music on Echo Spot through the built-in 2W speaker. Echo Spot can also directly connect to speakers through Bluetooth or using a 3.5mm stereo cable, enabling you to add Alexa to your home entertainment system. Then, use just your voice to control Prime Music, Spotify, TuneIn, and more. Plus, with the multi-room music feature, you can play your favourites throughout your home, with synchronized music across all of your Echo devices.
Easily control your smart home
With compatible smart home devices, Echo Spot can integrate all of the smart home capabilities that customers love about Alexa—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.
Amazon will start shipping the Echo Spot to Canada buyers on April 25th, 2018. You can pre-order it for $169.99 CAD from amazon.ca/echospot.