In preparation for the Amazon Show, Amazon’s first Alexa device with a screen, the company has delivered a new feature called “Drop In.”
The Drop In feature is slightly different than the ability to “call” device-to-device which was also added recently. Drop In allows an Alexa owner to simply open up an audio and video (video for the Amazon Show) connection between devices. The person on the other end isn’t required to “answer” a Drop In call like is required for the device-to-device calling. Configured incorrectly, this setting could have serious privacy implications. By default, you have to allow specific contacts the ability to Drop In to your devices. You do this by going into the contact record in the Alexa app on your smartphone to enable Drop In for that person.
However, there’s also one additional setting that has recently been added that customers can use to quickly confine the Drop In feature to just those devices within the family. In the settings for each Drop In- compatible device (right now only the Show, the Echo, and the Dot) you can limit the Drop In feature for just those devices linked to your Amazon account, i.e., “Only my household”
One good example of why someone might use this is for parents to check in on a baby in the nursery. This option is set per device.
Follow me on Twitter
Add me to your Google+ circles
Connect with me on LinkedIn
Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!