Amazon Echo just turned into your intercom

Lauren Barack 27 June 2017

Amazon intercom Amazon's launch of its next new device, the Show, came with a new tool: Drop-In, a feature that let you call and video chat, automatically, with anyone on your list. Think of it as an unwanted neighbor dropping in, but without a door between you. In any event, Amazon has decided to bring the Drop-In feature to its other existing devices as well from Amazon Echo to Echo Dot.

But here's the thing: While the Show is a video device, Echo and Echo Dot are not. And so with Drop-In, you're automatically connected with others, but with voice only. Like an intercom. Drop-In is now available for Echo and Echo Dot owners, and can be used to link together up to three devices, like fancy walkie talkies. You may want to ask yourself if you have a home big enough that you need an intercom. Then again, you never know when a tool like that might come in handy— for more than just calling your roomies in for dinner. The feature is available through the Alexa app.

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