Amazon Echo Devices
If you already have an Amazon account, you have an option of a wireless intercom that most people are not aware of. Amazon’s Echo devices can play music, give you weather reports, place an order for recurring products, turn on lights, and answer all your questions about most things through their Alexa service. What many people don’t know is that you can also use the Echo devices for handsfree calling between them.
The Echo devices have what is called the “Drop In” feature. This feature lets you simply talk to Alexa and call most anyone you want, whether they are in the house or not. You can link Alex with your contacts list so you could simply say something like “Alexa, call Mom” and it will automatically call your mom and then you can then speak to her hands free. You can even use it to order food by asking Alexa to call your favorite restaurant. If Alexa can find it on the Internet, it should be able to call it.
But you can also call other devices inside the house. If you have an Echo in the bedroom and the kitchen, you can simply say “Alexa, drop in kitchen” and it will connect the bedroom to the kitchen unit for hands free communication on both sides. If you have devices throughout the house, you can make a broadcast announcement to all units by saying something like “Alexa, announce time to go”.
The sound quality on all Echo devices is better than most intercom equipment available. Each device is loaded with microphones and a quality speaker.
The most economical device is the Echo DOT smart speaker with Alexa. It is a compact hockey puck sized device that has a quality sound. And the good news is that it is about the same cost as any basic wireless intercom. This is an audio-only device.
Amazon also has the Echo SHOW, which has video capability as well. Not only can you talk to other rooms, but you can see the person if they have a SHOW in their room as well.
One last nice feature is that you can even use an app on your smartphone to drop in on a room even when you are not at home. So you can be at work and still “drop in” your kid’s room to make sure they are doing their homework.
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