thanks Pete, very Interesting
On 01/10/2016 09:03, pete gurney wrote:
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here is a copy of a message i sent to the list yesterday talking a bit
about the echo and the dot.
firstly the size.
the echo is roughly the size of a tube of pringles.
it's just over 3 inches in diameter and just over 9 inches tall.
it only has 2 buttons on it on the top one with a dot on that can be
used to activate Alexa instead of speaking and the other button is used
to switch the microphones on and off if you don't want her to listen to
this could be handy as last night i was watching coronation street and
kathie said to alex i'm sorry and the echo woke up and said that's ok
theres no need to appologise.
theres a ring of led lights around the top and at first glance you would
think that is all it is but the entire ring of lights is the volume
control witch you can twist clockwise or anti clockwise.
you don't need to use this as you can just tell Alexa to set the volume
from 1 to 10.
the speaker in the echo is pretty good and goes to a pretty high volume.
there is an alternative to the echo that will be out next month which is
called the amazon dot.
this is the same diameter as the echo but is only an inch and a quarter
it still has a speaker in it but obviously much quieter but other than
that it still does everything that the echo can do.
this model does have audio out connection so you can connect better
speakers to it if you want to and of course the big difference is that
this smaller model costs just under £50 compared to the echo costing
just under £150.
as far as tv and music are concerned i don't know if it can broadcast tv
channels other than if someone creates one of the scripts to do this as
an add-on and i haven't looked closely enough in that catagory yet but i
suspect it's going to be more about movie tracks.
but as far as music is concerned there are several choices.
if you have a prime account with amazon you get access to i believe over
a million songs just by saying the title or artist.
included with your echo is free storage for 250 tracks that you can
upload to their server and then play just by telling Alexa to play them.
and finally you can pay to have much more storage space which allows you
to upload tens of thousands of tracks to control with Alexa but i
haven't checked what the cost of that is yet.