FIRST LOOK: Amazon’s Echo Dot

FIRST LOOK: Amazon’s Echo Dot

Upgrade your nightstand

It’s no secret that we love the Amazon Echo; what I initially wrote off as a bizarre little gadget quickly became our current favorite smart home gadget. There’s something about that readily-available combination of knowledge and speed that turns any home into a makeshift sci-fi wonderland. The only drawback is that now I want them all over my house.

After wrapping up a covert operation to read my mind, Amazon announced the diminutive $89Echo Dot this spring, introducing a wonderful companion device to the original Echo that won’t break the bank. Essentially just an Echo without the high-fidelity speaker, the Echo Dot keeps the “far-field” voice recognition system to bring you all of Alexa’s intelligence in rooms where booming acoustics aren’t needed (or desired).

Our full-sized Echo has been comfortably at home in our high-traffic kitchen for months, but the Dot would be perfect for our nightstand, bonus room, and other locations where it would be handy to verbally command the house or get a quick peek at the weather and news. The Echo lineup is a trojan-horse into Amazon’s surprisingly fantastic AI projects, and they definitely know what they’re doing.

You can pick up an Echo Dot (or two) for your family at the link below; expect a full review in the coming months!

Amazon Echo Dot


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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