In the case of Alexa, the device just turned two years old in the country and in Expansión we tested its most recent devices: the Echo and the fourth generation Echo Dot. The specific differences with respect to the previous generation is that this pair of devices have a design in the shape of a ball and therefore have a silhouette that stands out more but does not look bad for that, on the contrary, it seems to me that it was a very positive design change.
To complement the test experience, I connected the assistants to a Philips Hue bulb and a Xiaomi dimmer, both compatible with Alexa, and played with them in my department. The first thing I did with these equipment was the classic: ‘turn off the light’ or ‘reduce the intensity of the first light’, in addition to the classic phrases to play music and audio content.
Although the assistant I connected the lights to was the Echo, I tried to assign tasks to the Echo Dot in another room and while it also fulfilled its assistance functions, I had to rename the assistants so that they would not activate both when they were so close to each other.
With this in mind I decided to try them in another space, and taking advantage of the fact that I was going to visit my parents, I decided to carry them. It should be noted that, like most of those who live in Mexico City, I live in an apartment where the distances between one room and another are not as great as they are in a house.
But hey, when I got to my parents’ house I decided to install the light bulb and dimmer so that I could test the equipment and one of the first changes I made was to send the equipment from corner to corner. The Echo I left in the dining room of the house, while the Echo Dot I installed in the guest room, about 30 meters away from each other.