Fibaro Adds Voice Control with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri

Fibaro Adds Voice Control with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri

Fibaro Adds Voice Control with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri

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The Echo Spot is a cross between an Echo Dot and a smaller version of the Amazon Show.

Just like the rest of the devices in the Echo family you use your voice to command and control the Echo Spot via Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa.

Both the Echo Show and the Echo Spot are headlined by smart displays that serve up contextual information, while enabling video calls and media playback.

While the Echo has found its natural place around the kitchen - bettered by the Echo Show that adds a useful display to the arrangement meaning you can do a whole lot more without whipping your phone out of your pocket - the prominence of those devices makes them a little overbearing for the bedroom.

The Echo Spot uses quad-mic array, compared to Amazon's typical eight/seven mic arrangement on most of the Echo line-up, however, don't expect this to impact its functionality in any noticable way.

Plus, with the multi-room music feature, you can play your favourite tracks throughout your home, with synchronised music across all of your Echo devices.

This works really well on the Echo Spot - there's a blurred image for 10 seconds or so, just in case you need to make yourself decent, then the screen will appear clear.

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At $130, the Echo Spot is not particularly cheap, but it looks cool, and it can replace an Echo Dot and an alarm clock. In my opinion- no.

Both devices are designed for video calls and both feature the instant "drop in" feature that lets you make quick video calls without actually making the call. The company will start the shipping of the Echo Spot to European customers from January 24. The design of the Spot is one of the best we've seen from Amazon, though.

You can set your alarms to wake you up to a particular artist or genre, or on a particular radio station.

Like the Echo Dot there's an integrated speaker and we were surprised with how good it sounds.

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In every other way Spot seems identical to Show, but smaller and ballsier.

First published on 28 September 2017.

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