Enabling a direct plug-in Echo Flex into an electrical outlet to access Alexa at more places in the home, Amazon, today, has introduced the Echo Flex, a plug-in smart speaker that saves on space by plugging directly into a standard electrical outlet using no wires and chargers.
Amazon says it has built this with an intention to offer an affordable way to voice control compatible smart home devices and get help from Alexa at more places in your home. Echo Flex also has a built-in USB-A port so you can easily charge your phone (7.5W) or other devices, all while using only one outlet.
The Echo Flex plugs into any standard electrical outlet, making it perfect for spaces where power cords can be a hassle like a hallway or a bathroom. You can simply ask Alexa to control compatible smart home devices. Switch on the lights as you enter your home or turn off the AC as you leave the room, all without lifting a finger. Echo Flex works with devices such as smart lights and plugs from brands including Philips, SYSKA LED, Oakter, TP-Link and more.
One can also make announcements on other Echo devices in the household, add items to the shopping list or check the latest score of your favorite sports team, and responses will come through the speaker on the device that’s been optimized for Alexa’s voice. Just like other Echo devices, you can connect the Echo Flex to your preferred speakers using Bluetooth or a 3.5 mm audio cable for higher audio output.
“We are happy to introduce Echo Flex for users in India to access Alexa even more conveniently now from any room in the house. Our customers are looking for more options on where they can place Echo devices across their homes. We heard them. With its compact form, Echo Flex can be plugged in directly into an electrical socket to provide all functionalities of an Echo device,” said Parag Gupta, Head of Amazon Devices.
Gupta, further said, “The Echo Flex is built with multiple layers of privacy controls, including a microphone off button that electronically disconnects the microphone. Additionally, you can also view, hear, and delete your voice recordings at Alexa Privacy Settings or in the Alexa app at any time. To delete by voice, you can also say, ‘Alexa, delete what I just said’ or ‘Alexa, delete everything I said today’.”