Amazon has Recently launched a Kids Edition of its Echo Dot smart speaker with a protective case and two-year guarantee for $79.99 (Rs. 5,400) in the US.
The device with Amazon’s voice-enabled digital assistant Alexa will work exactly like a standard Echo Dot but with several kids-centric features. It’ll also allow parents to monitor time limits, set bedtimes, and review activity.
The Echo Dot Kids Edition will start selling from May 9.
Amazon has revealed a sort-of-new Echo device designed for a younger audience. Available for pre-order from today ahead of a full launch on May 9, the Echo Dot Kids Edition is priced at $79 and comes with a year’s free premium subscription to Amazon’s new FreeTime parental controls service.
Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition features
Focused towards the under-18 demographic, this variant of the Echo Dot comes with extensive parental controls that allow parents to monitor time limits, set bedtimes, review activity etc. Additionally, it has been designed to listen to voice commands formulated specifically for kids. Amazon gives examples like “Alexa, please play dance music”, “Alexa, open SpongeBob challenge”, and “Alexa, how long is a day on Mars?”.
The bundled FreeTime Unlimited subscription offers access to several kid-focused skills, as well as access to ad-free radio stations such as Radio Disney, Nick Radio, and Kids Hits. The subscription also gives access to over 300 Audible audiobooks.
An Amazon Parent Dashboard is available on the Alexa app, for Echo Dot Kids Edition, to help filter explicit content from Amazon Music, check history of last used skills, review time and usage, and turn off voice shopping to prevent accidental purchases.
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Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition specifications
Connectivity on the Echo Dot is made possible via A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) Bluetooth support and dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n. Additionally, there is an inbuilt speaker for voice feedback and a 3.5mm jack for use with external speakers. Dimensions of the Echo Dot Kids Edition are 90x90x38mm and weight is 191 grams.
With Echo Dot Kids Edition, Amazon says Alexa becomes a ‘kid-friendly DJ, comedian and storyteller [who’s] always getting smarter’.
If your kid breaks an amazon Echo Dot kids smart speaker, Amazon says parents can return it and they’ll replace it for free.
The Echo Dot Kids Edition can play age-appropriate music and audiobooks, give child-specific answers to questions and comes with a free one-year subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited.
Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is a subscription service that provides access to more than 10,000 kinds of kid-friendly content like videos, books, TV shows and movies.
The Unlimited version comes free for two months with an Echo Dot Kids Edition, but otherwise costs Prime subscribers $3.