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Amazon Echo Spot Puts a Camera in Your Bedroom

Amazon announced a huge stack of new and upgraded Alexa-oriented hardware today. Among the pile of gadgets is an interesting mini-Show device called the Echo Spot. The Echo Spot is a round, alarm clock device meant to sit on a bedside table that does pretty much everything the Echo Show does, except its quite a bit smaller.

According to the spec drawings it also includes a front-facing camera just like the Echo Show.


As often as the Echo Dot makes strange noises during the night, can you imagine the camera powering up at any time? The camera is intended to allow video calling with friends and family.  But, imagine if the “Drop-in” feature is not configured correctly. This has the potential to result in some embarrassing moments. Hopefully, Amazon includes a roll of black electrical tape just in case. Other than supplying good content for the America’s Funniest Home Videos TV show, I’m not sure a bedroom camera is a good idea.

This isn’t Amazon’s first attempt at trying to get into your bedroom, by the way. The first attempt was when the company delivered its Echo Look device that it promotes as a “Style Assistant” that takes pictures of your clothes in an effort to socialize getting dressed in the morning.

What’s your take? Will you proudly install one of these in your bedroom?

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