30 May 2019
Amazon's Echo lineup has a wide range of products and if you might not remember or are not aware, one of them is specifically aimed at kids. It is the Echo Dot Kids Edition which debuted last year and is a kid-friendly version of the mainstream Echo Dot. And now, a new and revamped Echo Dot for kids has been unveiled that brings improvements over the predecessor.
The 2019 Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition is based on the latest Echo Dot (3rd generation) with some tweaks to make it relevant and safe for kids to use. The new smart speaker is said to be 70% louder than the previous version. It means your kids should be able to listen to their favorite stories, nursery rhymes, and lullabies even from a distance. In terms of build, the originally used plastic body has been replaced with curved cloth covering.
One of the unique things about Echo Dot kids version is the FreeTime Unlimited feature. It is a collection of content that is kids appropriate including various Audible titles, podcasts, and skills. It is available on the original version as well but with the second one, Amazon has added two new features: news flash for kids and Alexa Skill Blueprints.
The news flash for kids is the feature that does exactly what the name suggests. It offers a brief overview of news sourced from News-O-Matic and National Geographic. The briefing can also include other knowledgeable stuff like a word of the day and interesting facts/trivia. The good thing is that parents have full freedom to choose what they want to include or exclude from the briefing which can be done from the parental dashboard.
As for Alexa Skill Blueprints, it is a way for kids to have a custom Alexa experience through a bunch of specified customizable skills. It is worth noting that FreeTime Unlimited is a premium subscription which will be available for free for the first year with the purchase. Amazon says that the device complies with the Children's Online Privacy Act (COPA) and allows parents to delete all the recordings and profiles anytime they want.
The all-new Amazon Echo Dots Kids Edition has been priced at $69.99 but will be available for $49.99 for a limited period of time. It will go on sale by the end of this month with the option to choose from Rainbow and Frost Blue color options.