“‘Echo Spot combines the popular small design of Echo Dot [it measures 4.1” x 3.8” x 3.6” or 104 mm x 97 mm x 81 mm], the display of Echo Show, and the features you love about Alexa into an all-new, stylish and compact device,’ said Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa” (according to Amazon’s Press Release). Using Spot you can use all the features of Alexa (like ordering a pizza or requesting an Uber, controlling your thermostat or lights, or asking questions) and ask her to show you news flashes, the lyrics to Amazon Music songs, your calendar, the weather, etc. Its small design makes it perfect for use as a smart clock on your nightstand or your desk or really for any room in the house.
The Echo Spot connects to your home network via WiFi just like the other Echo devices. It has a built-in speaker you can use or you can connect it to other speakers via Bluetooth or 3.5 mm audio cable. It also has a front-facing camera so that you can make hands-free video calls or if you have one of these in each room in your house and you enable the Drop-In feature which allows you to connect it to other Echo devices, you can check in on each other (e.g. check on your baby sleeping in her room or check in on mom in the kitchen to see when dinner might be ready). Oh my gosh, I love this design and I love my Echo Dot so this has a definite future in our home. The Echo Spot comes in black or white and is available for pre-order right now from Amazon for $129.99 and will start shipping on December 19, 2017.