The Amazon Echo and 1st-gen Echo Dot are starting to receive a new software update, version 4008, that adds the much anticipated Echo Spatial Perception (ESP) feature. ESP is the feature revealed when the Echo Dot 2 was announced, that allows several Echos and Echo Dots within listening range of each other to correctly identify which device is closest to the person interacting with them. This makes it so two devices don’t respond to the same voice request.
I moved my Amazon Echo and Echo Dot to either end of my livingroom to test the new ESP feature and was surprisingly impressed. The two devices never responded simultaneously to the same request. More so, they did a nearly perfect job of figuring out which one I was closer to as I tried talking to them from different parts of the room. It was only when I was near the center of the room, almost equidistant from the two devices, that the Amazon Echo tended to take precedence over the Echo Dot, even though I was technically a foot or so closer to the Echo Dot.
Overall this a great new addition that all owners of multiple Echos or Echo Dots will surely appreciate. That Echo Dot 6-pack for $249.95 and the idea of an Echo Dot in every room is starting to sound mighty enticing now that overlapping microphone range is no longer an issue.