Back in 2014 Amazon Echo was released, a wireless speaker responsive to voice commands that can be used to check the weather, order online or to play music. Now Amazon has released two new products that build on the launch of the original Echo and Alexa, the company’s cloud-based virtual assistant.
First we have Echo Dot, a smaller puck-shaped version of Echo that uses the same far-field voice recognition. Its built-in speakers are not powerful enough for playing music but it can be connected via cable or Bluetooth, adding voice-control to your home stereo system.
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It does however have a small in-built speaker so you can ask Alexa questions, control smart home devices, and order things from Amazon Prime without being plugged into your stereo.
The second device is called the Amazon Tap. An Alexa-voice controlled Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 360-degree speaker speaker that doesn’t feature the far-field technology but allows you to tap the mic and do things like ask for news updates, order a pizza and search for information on the Internet.
Amazon Tap is available for pre-order online and cost $129.99. You can only order the Echo Dot, priced at $89.99, via Alexa voice commands from an Echo or via Amazon's Fire TV. Also you have to be a Prime subscriber. Ordering through the original Alexa will not be a requirement forever according to the company. Right now you do however have to say "Alexa, order Echo Dot".