Smart speakers are all the rage right now – but what about if you already own a speaker? Is it possible to turn it into a smart speaker? With the new Echo Input – the answer is yes.
The Echo Input can connect to an external speaker using a 3.5mm cable or via Bluetooth so you can add Alexa functionality.
Once connected, users can control their music, control smart devices in their home and find information just by asking.
The product looks like an oversized coaster and is 14mm thick and 80mm wide and has a 3.5mm jack to connect via cable and a micro USB power port.
The Echo Input hears through its four onboard microphones even when you’re speaking from across the room and even when music is playing.
You can stream your favourite music services including Amazon Music, Spotify, TuneIn and more on your favourite speaker.
The device can also be used to set alarms and timers, add items to your to-do list or shopping list or to check the news, weather, sport and traffic.
To work properly, Echo Input requires a connection via a 3.5mm audio cable or paired with Bluetooth.
And when connected to Echo Input, customers have access to all of Alexa’s skills.
Sonos speakers are not supported and won’t work with the Echo Input.
The Echo Input is available now from amazon.com.au and is priced at $55.