Amazon has just announced the new Echo Dot, a device that adds Alexa capabilities to any speaker, essentially turning the speaker into an Amazon Echo. The Echo Dot looks exactly like the top portion of the Amazon Echo, down to the circle of blue LEDs which light up to indicate which of the always listening microphones is closest to you. It connects to speakers you already own through bluetooth or a 3.5 mm audio port on the back. It has its own built in speaker so that you can still be used as an Alexa interface device while not connected to external speakers. The Echo Dot is currently only available for pre-order through Alexa and costs $89.99. Amazon Echo and Fire TV owners can say “Alexa, order an Echo Dot” to order the device, which will arrive on March 31st. The Echo Dot has all the same Alexa capabilities as the Amazon Echo, including smart home integration. Through its own built in speaker, the Echo Dot can be used as a standalone voice interface for controlling your connected devices in any room.
If you don’t have access to Alexa, you can order the Echo Dot through this link.