New Amazon Dash Wand Gets You Into the World Of Alexa For $20
Amazon's new Dash Wand is a handheld version of Alexa with a scanner (which adds the food to the shopping list), helps you create recipes, and control your smart devices (it's like a dot without the speaker). It comes out July 7th, 2017. (video)
Using the Amazon Echo Show as a Baby Monitor
The Amazon Echo Show is the new unit with the built-in video screen. This video shows parents using a smart camera to turn it into a monitor. (Looking at amazon you may have to use IFTTT to get this to work).
Sirius XM Comes to Amazon Echo / Alexa Devices
If you have a subscription to Sirius XM, you can easily install this app, go to your phone and connect it to your Sirius account, and that's it. When you first use the skill will ask you what station you want. From there you can just ask Alexa to play your station (Alexa, play Rockbar on Sirius XM, or Alexa, Play Howard Stern on Sirius XM) and it works great.
New Smart Speak Study From Edison Research
A new study from Edison Research and NPR interviewed over 2000 people (some owners some nonsmart speaker owners). Here is some key takeaways
Number of Units
- 76% had an Alexa Enabled Device (only)
- 16% Had a Google Home
- 8% Have Both
How Many Smart Speakers Do You Own?
- 58% have one
- 24% have two
- 18% have three or more
45% plan to purchase another smart speaker
Primarily Use the Amazon Echo to:
The primary use is music (finding new music, listening)
42% of the people said it was a vital part of their life and 65% said they wouldn't want to go back to a life without a smart speaker
70% say they listen to more audio since they purchased the unit
29% use the Flash News Briefing
72% said they don't know enough about their smart speaker
57% said they are using the smart speaker to entertain their children and 88% of those said their children enjoyed it.
61% said it feels like having someone to talk to.
Most people feel they are too expensive (the Dot is under $100)