Amazon has officially announced two additional consumer based voice–operated command centers in its tech devices line that not only offer excellent functionality to the technology loving crowd, but instantly grow the Alexa-enabled product count as well. Online retaling giant has taken the opportunity to introduce the Amazon Tap and Amazon Echo Dot – two new Alexa-powered devices that should have a huge appeal to the home automation audience. Interesting part the two devices appeal to the technologically au courant who love controlling gadgets through audible commands, in this areana of case, via Alexa.
With this agenda in mind, Amazon has announced both devices to capitalize on existing tech made perfect by the Amazon Echo, allowing Amazon to deversify its portfolio of Alex-based voice-activated personal assistant hardware.
Amazon Tap, $129.99 (approximately £93)
A portable version of effective original Amazon Echo, Amazon tap is essentially a cut-cost and on real-time can be controlled by voice guidance, which was recognized with the release abnd development of the excellent Amazon Echo. Amazon’s goal to try and build a computer in the cloud that is far beyond, clearly boasting about the success of the original Echo, and taken the oppoortunity to introduce Tap, a smaller, portable version with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity as well as a built-in battery, and billing it as a portable wireless speaker that uses the voice assistant Alexa to control the music, deliver news, get weather reports and more, can be used on the go.
The key difference with Tap is that it’s not always listening like the Echo; instead you have to press a button to talk to Alexa. Where on Amazon Echo you can trigger it by calling “Alexa” anytime, on Tap, this always-on “Alexa” voice trigger doesn’t work, and the fact here is a physical button on the front of the device must be pushed for it to listen to any commands.
The battery life is said to be 9 hours with continuous playback, and 3 weeks if left on standby. Tap comes with a cradle, well for charging in on the top. It also has dual-stereo speakers that essentially gives you crisp 360-degree omni-directional audio powered by Dolby, and only weighs in at just 16.6 ounces. This is expected behavious as Tap is battery-powered.
Amazon Echo Dot, $89.99 (approximately £64)
It is billed as the Echo’s much smaller sibling. The Echo Dot on the other hand has a lot less than the full version of Amazon Echo as well as the portable version Tap, but nevertheless, manages to pack as much functionality and power dose into that cheaper price tag as possible. It carries the same always-on “Alexa” voice recognition tech built-into the fullly-fledged version of Amazon Echo which allows it to understand audible commands even from 25-30 feet away.
The tiny piece of intelligent gadgetery measures in at only 1.5-inches x 3.3-inches x 3.3-inches, and can be connected to other Bluetooth-enabled speakers via the 3.5mm AUX port or WiFi connection. Like Echo, the Echo Dot flaunts a ring of light at the top best which lights up when it has been interacted with.
Amazon’s main aim is to bring Alexa to jut about any speaker system in your household, and made it happen with Echo Dot launch.
The portable battery-powered Amazon Tap pre-order can be made through Amazon, which is available for $130. Deliveries are expected to start from March 31st. That sais, if the Amazon Echo Dot is something you differ to get your hands on, here’s an option on how are they slightly different. The product itself will cost a mere $90. To get an Echo Dot, Amazon has stipulated that is available to its Prime members and already own an Echo or a Fire TV, are eligible users will be able to order it. You have to use Alexa Voice Shopping to buy one, saying: “Alexa, order an Echo Dot”.
There’s a limit of one Dot per order and two per customer, and Echo Dot is currently lists on the U.S. channels, Amazon although planning to sell them internationally very soon.
Buy: Amazon Tap: $129.99
Buy: Amazon Echo Dot: $89.99
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