Amazon has added the ability for 4th-gen Echo and 4th-gen Echo Dots to detect occupancy in a room by emitting an inaudible ultrasound audio wave. The capability can be used to automatically trigger Alexa Routines when you enter or exit a room. When configuring the trigger of a routine, select “Smart Home” and then select the appropriate Echo to be given the option to trigger the routine when “People are detected” or when “People aren’t detected.” You also have the option of enabling or disabling ultrasound motion detection altogether for each compatible Echo device. This is done under the device settings of each Echo within the Alexa app.
Today is the last day to buy the Echo Dot designed by fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg for $59.99. Tomorrow, at 8:59 Am PDT, the price increases to $69.99. The “Midnight Kiss” print, seen above, is the only one of the 3 limited designs to receive enough pre-orders to be produced. The second most popular print, called “Ikat,” has only reached 82% of its pre-order goal and, with only 1 day to go, it will very likely not be produced. If you order the designer Echo Dot, it will ship between Dec. 2021 and Mar. 2022. Should you change your mind after the fact, Amazon says you can return these limited-run Build It devices just like you can any regular Amazon device. Read more ›
Last month, Amazon launched its 2nd set of crowdfunded products which were 3 different Echo Dots designed by fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. The first of those 3 designs, called Midnight Kiss, has reached the minimum order threshold. This means that it will, in fact, be produced and released. If you’re interested in one, you should order it by August 13 because the $59.99 price will increase to $69.99 after that date. The limited-edition Echo Dot will be released between Dec. 2021 and Mar. 2022. The black and white Ikat design has received 51% of necessary orders needed for production and the Twigs design is at 17%, so it’s unlikely that either of those two designs will receiving the necessary pre-orders needed by the August 13 deadline for them to be produced.
Amazon has launched its 2nd round of Build It products for its crowdfunding program. This time around it is a set of 3 different Echo Dots designed by fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. Each one costs $59.99 during the pre-order period, which is $10 more than the regular list price of the Echo Dot. Should any of them reach their minimum order threshold by August 13, the price will then increase to $69.99. Read more ›
Amazon has announced a series of new spherical ball-shaped Echo smart speakers. Seen above in the following order is the new 4th-gen Amazon Echo for $99.99, the new 4th-gen Echo Dot for $49.99, the new Echo Dot with Clock for $59.99, and the new Echo Dot Kids Edition for $59.99. While the new Amazon Echo may look just like the new Echo Dots from the outside, they’re quite different on the inside. The Echo packs in premium sound, thanks to its dual 0.8″ tweeters and 3.0″ woofer, as well as a Zigbee smart hub, while the Echo Dots have just one 1.6″ speaker. Read more ›
The Echo Dot 3 Wall Mount by Dot Genie is now available for those of you with the new 3rd-gen Echo Dot who want to hang your speaker from an outlet. The mount uses the stock power adapter that comes with the Echo Dot and, at just $8.99, it’s the least expensive mount available on Amazon. If you order quickly, you might end up getting 2 for the price of 1 because the creator is running a promotion where he’s throwing in a second mount for free with all orders that are placed during the product’s first 24-hours of availability. The mount is available in both black and white. I’ve written about Dot Genie’s products in the past, so just to be clear, I’m not paid or compensated in any way by them to write these posts. I just have a soft spot for “one-man-shops,” like myself, who are trying to make a living, and it just so happens that their products are actually quite nice and very affordable. Update: I’ve been told that the 2-for-1 deal will end tonight at 9pm PT. Orders placed before then will receive double the number of mounts purchased.
The all-new 3rd-gen Amazon Echo Dot is out and it is a shockingly impressive device. Even though it’s only slightly larger than the previous model, it sounds so much better than the old Echo Dot that you likely wouldn’t regret upgrading for the significantly better audio alone. On top of the better audio, you’re also getting a much more attractive device. Here’s an overview of the Echo Dot 3. Read more ›
Amazon has announced a new 3rd-generation Echo Dot. The new model has a fabric outer casing and a softer rounded appearance covered in fabric that is much more attractive than the plastic Echo Dot it replaces. It’s available to pre-order for $49.99 on its own and you’ll automatically save $10 at checkout if you order two of the new Echo Dots. Read more ›
Above are images of what is allegedly a new 3rd-generation Amazon Echo Dot that will be released later this year, according to French publications Numerama and FrAndroid. The device is codenamed “Donut,” which follows the round food theme of Amazon’s past Echo Dot codenames, which were Pancake (1st-gen) and Biscuit (2nd-gen). The new Echo Dot is currently being tested by Amazon employees and is said to have superior sound quality, compared to the current generation Echo Dot. Read more ›
Amazon’s Echo devices are now available to pre-order in France. The Amazon Echo will regularly be €99.99 and the Echo Dot will be €59.99. Both will arrive at customer’s doors on June 13th. The Echo Spot is also being made available for €129.99 but it won’t ship until next month on July 23rd. Prices are being discounted for a limited time during launch. Ordering now will land you 50% off all devices. Once the new devices arrive, France will have localized skills from brands like Netatmo, Philips Hue, Uber, Domino’s Pizza, TP-Link, Franceinfo, Legrand, and La Fourchette. Other Alexa-enabled devices will be coming to France from brands like Harman Kardon, Sonos, Ultimate Ears, Netgem, Archos, Boulanger, and Sowee. France is now the 10th country to receive Echo devices after the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Japan, India, Ireland, and Canada.