The Echo Dot, it turns out, has been a constant surprise. It will wake us every morning...play music we choose...read books to us...give us the weather forecast...tell dumb jokes...remind us to take our meds...and, as we discovered yesterday, call for help in an emergency. The more we do with them, the more we find they're able to do. According to Amazon, this is what they're all about:
Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device with a small built-in speaker—it can also connect to your speakers or headphones over Bluetooth or through a 3.5 mm audio cable to deliver stereo sound to the speakers you choose. Dot connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly.
Echo Dot can hear you from across the room, even while music is playing. When you want to use Echo Dot, just say the wake word "Alexa" and Dot responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception). Learn more about ESP.
They can also be a bit smart-alecky. (Is that a word?) One night, Collin and I were changing the sheets on his bed, and I asked his Dot if he was a D-bag. The Dot responded, "I'm not going to answer that!"
Looks like they're capable of loyalty. For now. I wonder when they'll decide they're better off without us and send Terminators to kill us?
Someone commented on the Amazon product page that if you put two or more Dots in a house together, they'll talk about you behind your back. I'm starting to wonder....
Postscript: Another Kindle Stuffer! My novel Ms. Maxwell and Son just went on sale. For the next week, it's just $.99--and if you buy an Echo Dot, it will read the book to you!