Is Amazon's Echo Spot the smartest alarm clock ever?

The Echo Spot comes with a touchscreen, camera and microphone that allows users to make video calls.

October 05, 2017

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The Echo Spot comes with a touchscreen, camera and microphone that allows users to make video calls.

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Alarm clocks seem to be fading industry, gradually heading to obsolescence as the majority of people prefer to use such function incorporated in their smartphones. But recent developments in technology have manufacturers breathing new life into the market with the addition of intelligent features.

A quick search on GlobalSources.com for smart alarm clocks, for instance, yields models that do not only tell time but provides weather forecasts, monitors daily temperature and humidity, and plays music. Some adopt adjustable lighting technology, which mimics the rising sun, rather traditional audio alarms not just to wake up users but also help put them to sleep.

Amazon, however, takes smart features up a notch with the launch of the Echo Spot, an intelligent alarm clock with a 2.5in touchscreen, and built-in camera and microphone that allow users to make and take video calls. The unit, which comes in a curved edge design, can also connect to speakers via Bluetooth or USB cable.

And because the Echo Spot is Alexa-enabled, it can be used to the lights on, link with home security cameras, lock doors, and control thermostats, garage doors and sprinklers of smart households. It also connects instantly to other Echo devices.

The Echo Spot is set for release this December in the US and 2018 in the UK. Price is $130, a bit higher than other smart alarm clocks available in the market.

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