gadget cilik ndadekke kontrol swara kanggo meh wae piranti pinter ing ngarep, nalika muter musik, njawab pitakonan lan nuduhake cuaca
Amazon Echo Dot ateges kabeh bit saka Amazon Echo sing wis menarik, nanging tanpa speaker ngisor iku - lan biaya mung siji-pihak saka rega.
The Dot iku salah siji saka telu produk Alexa-aktif saka Amazon sing nempatno perusahaan assistant swara ngarep lan tengah. mung rong, Echo Dot lan Echo kasedhiya ing UK: katelu, hotspot speaker Bluetooth disebut Amazon Tutul, mung kasedhiya ing US.
The Dot punika puck ireng utawa putih cilik karo ring lampu ing ndhuwur, papat tombol lan Uploaded pitu-microphone - sistem sing ndadekake speaker Echo supaya apik ing pangrungon saka cantik akeh ngendi wae.
Iku ngrungokake metu kanggo "tembung tangi", kang minangka standar iku jeneng saka assistant swara sing ing Dot: "Alexa". Ngomong tembung tangi lan assistant swara isa kanggo urip kanggo njawab pitakonan, njupuk printah lan nindakake tumindak.
The Dot wis dibangun ing speaker cilik, kang cukup apik kanggo kabeh respon swara Alexa spits metu, weker lan tandha liyane, nanging wis ora nemen dirancang kanggo muter musik, prodhuksi swara tinny.
Nanging ing mburi Dot wis port audio-metu, kang plug dimaksudaké menyang pamicara ana. Utawa, bisa masangake menyang speaker nirkabel liwat Bluetooth.
Apa iku katon kaya?
The Dot iku kaget wicaksana lungguh ing countertop utawa macet kanggo tembok. Wonten sing ring cahya puteran sak ndhuwur sing nuduhake nalika iku aktif ngrungokake lan dadi abang nalika sampeyan mencet tombol bisu, listrik medhot ing mics, supaya kowe ngerti yen iku lan ora ngrungokake ing.
The Dot putih wis top werna abu-abu, kang tegese iku stands metu luwih saka iku bisa uga ing Tabel amben-sisih putih, kanggo Kayata. Sampeyan bisa njaluk Jaket sethitik kanggo basa ing kulit utawa kain yen plastik mengilap ora cukup Cut karo Panjenengan riasan.
Apa ora dadi apa?
Echo Dot bisa nindakake apa wae Alexa bisa nindakake. Pesawat munggah punika padha Echo: plug in, mbukak app Alexa ing smartphone lan tindakake pandhuan kanggo nyambung menyang jaringan Wi-Fi.
Sawise munggah lan mlaku, Alexa bisa nindakake macem-macem fitur assistant khas. Iku bakal nyetel Timer, marang wektu, pesawat weker, ngomong apa dina katon kaya saka tanggalan disambungake Panjenengan, pitutur marang kowe bab lungo utawa cuaca lan njawab pitakonan bab kabeh limo iku.
Alexa wis akses kanggo cukup akèh informasi, nanging volume gedhine data Google wis ing pucuk driji sawijining, kang tegese Alexa bakal Perjuangan karo pitakonan tartamtu nalika Google swara ora bisa.
Bentenipun amba sing Alexa balesan ing cara kaget manungsa, lan bisa meh tansah ngerti apa sing wis ngandika malah yen ora bisa njawab pitakonan, kang tegese iku kudu luwih apik liwat wektu minangka liyane data wis shoveled menyang Intelligence Ponggawa backend.
Alexa wis disebut-skills sing bisa ditambahake kanggo dheweke. iku app-kaya menehi kabisan anyar dheweke. Persil saka perusahaan lan layanan duwe skills. Skill Guardian bakal maca sampeyan kabar, berita utawa review, kanggo Kayata. Skill National Rail bakal ngomong apa lungo alur katon kaya. Skill Allrecipies bakal bisa maca sing siji saka 60,000 resep-resep.
But perhaps the best set of skills available for the Echo Dot are smart home controls. Here is where the Dot shines: it has a wide range of support for smart connected devices, from speakers and remote controls, to lights, coffee machines or anything connected to a Samsung SmartThings hub.
Alexa, turn on the lights in the living room
Out of the box it works with Philips Hue, while skills exist for Nest, Hive, Honeywell, Tado, LightwaveRF and LIFX, with Sonos expected soon.
Once hooked up you can command just about anything. You have to remember the name of the thing you’re trying to command, but within the Alexa app you can group things to turn them on and off with one command.
Unlike most other smart home systems, a single item can be placed into multiple groups meaning a bedroom light could be in the “bedroom” group as well as in the “upstairs” group and perhaps a “house” group, so that you can turn just the bedroom lights on, the whole of the upstairs or turn off the whole house when you’re walking out the door.
You can also set brightness, colour, scene or anything else your lights support, but lighting is just the start. Almost any smart home appliance can be controlled via voice with the right connection.
You can set the temperature via a Nest, set the coffee going via a smartplug, switch the TV on or off, set the channel or do pretty much anything with devices connected to a SmartThings hub.
The Echo Dot doesn’t have to be used in isolation either. If you’re in earshot of two Dots or another Echo device, only the nearest one will reply to your commands. Amazon even sells them in packs: buy five get a sixth free, or buy 10 and get two free. Clearly it wants you to put them all over your house.
- It works surprisingly well when mounted to the wall, but you have to pull off the rubber pad or make you own bracket
- Alexa ads on the TV set them off
- Occasionally the radio will set them off
- When you’ve got it hooked up to speakers the Dot will only output its audio through those speakers, so they need to be left on all the time to enable it to speak to you even if you’re not playing music
- IFTTT and Logitech Harmony support are coming soon, which will greatly extend Alexa’s smart home support
- You have to think carefully about what you’re going to call each of the connected devices because you will have to say their names to Alexa for them to be activated on an individual basis
The Amazon Echo Dot costs £50 in either black or white. Ing larger Echo costs £150.
The Echo Dot is everything that’s great about the larger Echo speaker condensed into a small puck that costs one-third of the price.
Being able to voice control things without having to pull out a phone or push a button marks a massive step forward for the Internet of Things. Activating, changing, switching things off and firing up automation routines via voice feels natural and satisfying: there’s nothing quite like marching into a room and commanding the lights to turn on.
Alexa isn’t quite the all-conquering voice assistant it promises to be just yet, but the Dot gets the job done in a way nothing else can.
Pros: excellent mic array means it can almost always hear you, small but loud enough to be heard clearly, great device support, clear mute, turns your old Hi-Fi into a smart, voice-controlled speaker, voice control IoT devices
Cons: really needs to be connected to a speaker for music, can’t always answer the question, always-listening object in your house, doesn’t support multiple user calendars or personal information, only one Spotify or Amazon music account can be linked at any one time
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