In today’s episode, an unsolicited review of Amazon’s new Echo Loop, a smart ring that’s a voice interface to Alexa. Watch the unboxing to see what’s in the box, setup, and how it works.
Disclosure: I paid for this device out of pocket and it’s not generally available yet – you had to submit a request for an invitation, which I finally got.
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Alright, this is gonna be the Amazon Echo loop unboxing this is literally just arrived.
Let’s see what we got in the little tiny little box here.
Got a nice thunderstorm going outside perfect for losing internet connection in the middle of stuff.
So far, unremarkable black box, what’s included echo loop, charging cradle USB charging.
All right, so we have the very, very small ring which is titanium very shiny on the outside.
Let’s see what else we got in the box here we’ve got cable which is micro USB, which is always nice.
And we have the charging stand and tiny little instructions.
let’s get let’s get some power going on this sooner rather than later.
Interesting that it’s not a universal fit see the power connectors? How it’s magnetic.
So you snap it on and then presumably there’s not an obvious way to tell whether it’s charged or not.
What do we got for instructions here? warranty other stuff.
There is a lot lights that will show up.
Check your battery level by asking Alexa, what’s my battery level? Alexa, what’s my battery level? Thanks.
Okay, on the phone, we go to enable Bluetooth down the Alexa app.
You’ve got all that stuff.
Take this off me tap the button wants to do it.
Okay, finally responding how to use this to talk to Alexa.
Click the button once field of vibration ask your question to talk to Siri, press and hold for one second.
feel the vibration that’s handy.
And power off.
Click once then press and hold for three seconds long vibration turns it on.
Do I want to teach Alexa my voice? Hmm, No, not today.
And now for A short entertaining video.
Let’s go ahead and turn this up.
Welcome to your new echo loop.
Let’s get you in Alexa ready to take on the day.
Here are three things to try first number one, click your action button.
Unlike your Echo device at home, you don’t say Alexa to get her attention.
Just click once you’ll fill a vibration, and Alexa is ready to help add pick up dry cleaning to my to do list.
Pick up dry cleaning, add it to your to do list.
Number two, take Alexa with you on the go.
Because your Echo loop works by connecting to the Alexa app on your smartphone.
You can leave your phone in your pocket and ask for what you need without ever slowing down.
Where’s the nearest wholefoods number three, call your top contact with a double click.
I’m around the corner.
See you in a bit.
Enjoy staying on top of your day with Alexa close at hand.
Okay, setup is complete.
Alright, remove from the thing let’s give this a dry run here and push the button add go shopping to my to do list wow that is a really really small speaker.
Let’s try it again add find crayons to my to do list so it’s nice it’s heavy I guess it’s a brush metallic exterior.
It really is not a not very shiny but it’s not bad.
The button is On one side, so you may or may not be able to see this on the bottom.
There’s the action button.
And then there’s the tiny, tiny speaker.
And no one’s going to mistake that for you.
You’re not going to hear that out loud.
I can barely hear it.
Let’s give it a try.
Play todos Africa.
Yeah, that’s about the mop thing.
useful, I suppose, for not taking your phone out.
But I think we’re going to get the most use out of it for things like the controls around here.
Turn on the greenhouse.
Turn off the greenhouse.
So all the Smart Home stuff that’s actually handy because instead of having to run around and yell at the individual devices can literally yell it in to my own.
It’s a questionable utility, but it’s needed something to talk about.
Hope you enjoyed watching and I’ll talk to you soon.
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