Amazon launches kid-friendly Echo Dot that rewards politeness

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What's more, the users can even use the display screen to make video calls to other users of Alexa based devices, via the front facing camera on the Amazon Echo Spot device. The Echo Show Kids Edition is available for pre-order starting today.

The youthful Echo Dot comes with built-in parental controls and a "kid-friendly case" which comes in blue, red, or green. Amazon FreeTime on Alexa will roll out to existing Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus owners via a free, over-the-air software update starting May 9. Echo Dot Kids Edition Echo Dot Kids Edition is the simplest way to get started with the Alexa kids experience.

Amazon Echo Dot will cost you $79.99 and will include one year of FreeTime Unlimited service, two years of worry-free guarantee, and a kid-friendly case.

Amazon FreeTime on Alexa brings parental controls and family-focused features to Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Plus-all at no cost. That'd be the FreeTime service, which Amazon says will also be available for other Echo devices at an added premium in the near future. The reason you'd want one is to save yourself some cash if you'd already planned on buying both an Echo Dot and a FreeTime Unlimited subscription for your child. Introducing an Echo for kids makes sense considering the growing popularity of Alexa in the home and the likelihood that many kids have already been exposed to Alexa thanks to smart speakers their parents have purchased. "Perhaps that will lessen the fear that some parents have that adding an AI (artificial intelligent assistant) is ruining kids" etiquette".

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"We strive to be factual and age appropriate", Josh Sherman, who leads Amazon's FreeTime service, told CNN in NY.

But the new product from Amazon doesn't come as too much of a surprise. That should please Ambient director Paul, who opined about that very feature for his two-year-old daughter, who for a time believed Alexa to be an omni-present god.

With FreeTime for Alexa, parents can call, message and DropIn on Alexa devices to tell kids when their dinner is ready, the firm said. In addition to the "magic word" feature, Alexa will also offer educational Q&As for kids, and respond with "age-appropriate" suggestions when kids say, "Alexa, I'm bored".

They took advantage of a feature that allows a skill to extend the time it listens to users after it's been activated if it prompts them for more information by playing an inaudible prompt. However, when time limits are in effect, you won't be able to use Alexa on that particular device, either.

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