Amazon releases new Alexa device

To make speakers smart.

Amazon has announced its Echo Input is now available in Australia, enabling customers to add Alexa to an existing external speaker through an included 3.5mm audio cable or via Bluetooth, and features a slim, low profile design.

Echo Input connects to Alexa and is the first Echo device where all audio is designed to come from an external speaker. The device features a custom four-microphone array for users to talk to Alexa from across the room.

When connected to Echo Input, speakers can be added to a new or existing Multi-Room Music group for synchronised streaming across rooms or an entire home. If there is multiple Echo devices within hearing distance, Amazon’s Echo Spatial Perception (ESP) technology intelligently calculates clarity of voice and determines which Echo is closest and should respond to the request.

Echo Input also allows customers to enjoy local skills available in Australia, with a wide range developed by local brands. Get the news from ABC or Fox Sports or tune into the big game with AFL live streams. Listen to a preferred station with RadioApp, find a favourite podcast with Pocket Cast or create a moment of calm with the Headspace meditation skill.

Alexa can also help with an AGL energy bill, manage flights with Qantas or Virgin Australia, or even inspire with recipes from Taste.

Echo Input is now available to order for $55 from Amazon’s online store and will become available at JB Hi-Fi stores.

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