Amazon presented their Echo Dot Kids Edition
If you you are an Amazon Echo owner and you also have kids, you know that not all content available should be available to the kids. Having some kind of parental service would deffinitely make it much easier. Well, today the Amazon has presented their new Echo Dot Kids Edition with FreeTime services for Alexa.
The Echo Dot Kids Edition is built on the same principle as Amazon’s popular Fire Kids Edition tablets. This means that it is a standard Echo Dot but protected with a rubber case (which is available in 3 colours: red, green, or blue), a one-year subscription to the FreeTime Unlimited service, and a two-year promise from Amazon to replace the device in case of any damages (no limitations).
From today, 25th of April, it will be possible to preorder it but the shipment will begun on May 9th. The price is $79.99 — a $30 premium more than a standard Echo Dot.
In hardware terms, it is the same device as Echo Dot which can be bought so far. It is equipped with 7 microphones to pick up all your commands, it has built-in speaker and Bluetooth support. The only thing which can differentiate these two versions is the rubber cover.
What is so special with new Echo Dot Kids Edition?
The service behind it adds parental controls, kid-friendly content, and an optimized experience for kids to Alexa. The same service can be also enabled on existing Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus devices. Unfortunately, so far there are no announcements when FreeTime will be available on third-party Alexa devices, such as the Sonos One. The company did say that it won’t be available on Alexa devices with screens, such as the Echo Spot and Echo Show.
The basic FreeTime service is blocking out certain Alexa features which are not suitable for the kids (such as shopping, news, and third-party skills). It will also allow parents to set time limits on when and how much Alexa can be used in a day, as well as pause access to Alexa for periods of time.
SInce this is the kids version, the ansers which kids are getting will be more simpler and goofier than usual.
“Alexa, good morning.”
“Good morning,” Amazon’s voice assistant responded, “or should I say wakey-wakey, eggs and bakey. No matter what you eat to start your day, I hope it’s yummy in your tummy.”
Since everybody wants their kids to be more polite, Amazon has done some improvements on this side also.
“Amazon is doing something that’s been widely asked, which is rewarding kids for saying ‘please,’” says Avi Greengart, a tech analyst at GlobalData. “Perhaps that will lessen the fear that some parents have that adding an AI (artificial intelligent assistant) is ruining kids’ etiquette.”