This nifty little device allows you to add the voice commands of Alexa to your existing home speakers. Amazon Echo Input features a four-microphone array and connects to your speakers via Bluetooth or the included 3.5mm cable. It adds voice commands for things like music playback, managing your smart home or simply answering your random Google queries. At $55 AUD, Amazon’s Echo Input is possibly the most affordable way to integrate Alexa into your home.
For Aussie users, Echo Input is capable of accessing thousands of local sources. Get the news from ABC or Fox Sports or tune into the big game with AFL live streams. Listen to your preferred station with RadioApp, find your favourite podcast with Pocket Cast or create a moment of calm with the Headspace meditation skill.
Alexa can also help with your AGL energy bill, manage your flights with Qantas or Virgin, or even inspire your cooking with recipes from Taste. The Beanies from Kinderling and Amazon Storytime are ideal for family fun or helping to keep the kids entertained.
When connected to Echo Input, home speakers can be added to a multi-room setup for synchronised streaming across an entire home. If you have multiple Echo devices within hearing distance, Amazon’s Echo Spatial Perception technology calculates the clarity of your voice and determines which Echo is closest and should respond to the request.
Amazon Echo Input is available now at Amazon and through JB Hi-Fi.