Amazon brings video-enabled Alexa Echo Spot to India at Rs 12999

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Adding to the product portfolio list, the company has launched Echo Spot in India.

Time Limits - Set bedtime time limits to protect against kids talking with Alexa late into the night, or simply pause Echo devices for dinner or homework time. The same Rs 1000 discount is available if the customer buys 2 Echo units or 2 Echo Dot units as well. Weighing 419g, it is lighter than the Amazon Echo and Echo Plug and doesn't include dual speakers.

This device joins Amazon's family of Echo smart speakers that includes Echo Dot, Echo and Echo Plus that made its India debut in November a year ago.

Echo Dot Kids Edition priced at $79 available or pre-order ahead of May 9 shipping date. For instance, users can just say, "Alexa, call dad", or "Alexa, send a message to Vinay". Cricket fans can watch the match highlights from ESPNCricinfo and other portals on the Echo Spot.

The Alexa powered device will come in handy when making video calls, listening to music and watching videos and is now available at Rs 10,499 after discount.

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Echo Spot also features second-generation far-field technology with four microphones, acoustic beam-forming technology, and enhanced noise cancellation so it can hear the user's voice from across the room-even while music is playing.

The big question, aside from whether Amazon's robot ambitions ever come to fruition, is how much the Alexa robot will cost. In addition to the display, Echo Spot comes with a front facing camera which can be used for video calling to another Echo Spot device.

The paid-for tier - of which you get a free year when purchasing an Echo Dot for kids - blocks content with adult elements (sweary music and the like) - and opens up selections of kids audiobooks from Audible, ad-free stations from iHeartRadio and character-based skills and alarms. They can then purchase products immediately or easily add items to their shopping list/cart. All these activities on Echo Spot including video calling can be controlled through Alexa.

The Echo Spot also offers music playback through its built-in speaker.

With Alexa integration on current Fire TV devices you can search for shows by name, star, genre, and more. At time of writing there are seven devices (not including third-party units) dedicated to the voice assistant.