The Amazon Echo now doubles as a home intercom system

Amazon will officially release the Show in a few days, but in the meantime, the company is introducing a long-awaited intercom feature for existing Echo devices. The addition use Drop-In, a teleconferencing feature introduced on the Show that lets close friends and family members call into one anothers device with little warning.

I actually didnt like the feature when I tested the device the coming week I detected it to be pretty intrusive compared to standard calling, but this implementation makes a lot more sense. This upgrade brings Drop-In to the Echo and Echo Dot, letting users communicate between devices in a network. So, you are able to, tell, yell at the kids to come to dinner through the kitchen Echo.

The feature runs across the three devices. In order to take advantage of the intercom, users have to name their individual Echoes( by room likely induces the most sense) and enable the Drop-In feature via the Alexa app. Once everythings put up, the feature can be fired up by saying Alexa, call the kitchen or Alexa, drop in on the kitchen.

The system runs through household groups created during the setup process, rather than in-home Wi-Fi. That means the app can also be used to check in on loved ones from afar, for those who have children or elderly relatives or, one imagines, for more nefarious reasons. According to Amazon, the intercom ability was among its most requested features for the popular home deputy.

Its also likely to raise the ire of the people behindthe smart home intercom that apparently inspired the creation of the Echo Show in the first place.

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