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Echo Dot would make the perfect holiday gift this season for almost any adult. This cool little gadget is a hands-free, voice controlled device that uses the same voice recognition as the Echo. You can directly connect Echo Dot to speakers with an audio cable or via Bluetooth, and add voice-control to your home stereo system. Plus, it has a small built-in speaker, you can place Echo Dot anywhere in the home. It’s especially nice in the bedroom to use as a smart alarm clock, or in any room as a voice assistant to control smart home devices and more.
Echo Dot can also connect to your speakers or headphones that you already have over Bluetooth or through a 3.5 mm audio cable that will allow you to have stereo sound to the speakers you choose. The Dot will then connect to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more.
No worries about Echo Dot not hearing you, because it can hear from all the way across the room, even if you have music playing. Whenever you want to use Echo Dot, you just say it’s wake word “Alexa” and Dot responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you’re closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).
I love the small sleek and compact design that makes my Echo Dot a nice addition to any of the rooms in my house. With its built-in speaker, you can place Dot in the bedroom and use it as a smart alarm clock that can also turn off your lights, open the shades and more. Basically use it with the smart items already in your home. Or use Dot in the kitchen to easily set timers or shop -by just asking Alexa and using only your voice.
Since Echo Dot gives you hands-free voice control you can listen to your Music easily by asking for your favorite artist or song, or request a specific genre or mood. You can also search for music by lyrics, when a song or album was released, or simply let Alexa pick the music for you. Listen to any song with Amazon Music Unlimited. But you can also listen to Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn, all hands free with your voice.
There are so many things you can do with the Echo Dot if you already have a smart home such as: turn a lamp off or on, change the thermostat, or dim the lights all without lifting a finger. Echo Dot works with smart home devices such as lights, switches, fans, thermostats, and more from Philips Hue, TP-Link, ecobee, WeMo, SmartThings, Insteon, Lutron, Nest, Wink, Honeywell, and more.
Let’s not forget Alexa has skills, add even more capabilities like ordering a pizza, requesting an Uber, tracking Fitbit, ordering flowers and more. All you have to do is make sure to enabling skills, and you Echo Dot can do even more. You can do this easily by discovering skills you want to use in the Alexa App. Then enable the new skill, by asking Alexa.
You can download the free Alexa App on Fire OS, Android, iOS, and desktop browsers, to easily setup and use your Echo Dot. You then not only use Alexa to connect services you already use like Spotify, Pandora, and Google Calendar. Setup your smart home devices from Philips Hue, TP-Link, ecobee, WeMo, SmartThings, Insteon, Nest, Lutron, and more. But you can even see which books are available to read from your Kindle and Audible libraries. View shopping and to-do lists while on the go. Control your timers and set custom tones for your alarms, and much more. The Alexa App is also where you discover third-party skills.
Echo Dot is available for $89.99 exclusively for Prime members through Alexa Voice Shopping. To order an Echo Dot, existing Echo and Fire TV customers can just say “Alexa, order an Echo Dot.