We’re now less than a week away from the release of the Amazon Echo Show, which goes on sale June 28 for $229. Unlike Amazon’s previous Echo products, its new Alexa-powered smart home device features a 7-inch touchscreen, allowing for a broader range of uses. Just ahead of its launch, Amazon has announced that Echo Show will support front door security cameras too.
The Echo Show takes advantage of the Alexa Smart Home skill to allow users to see and hear those at their door — hands-free. Simply by asking “Alexa, show me the front door,” the Echo Show will display a live feed from their smart camera or doorbell.
Companies currently supporting this feature include Arlo, August, Amcrest, EZViz, IC Realtime, Logitech, Ring, Vivint, and Nest. The Smart Home Skill API is also now open to all Alexa developers, though, meaning support for other security camera products will likely follow.
Take a look at how the guys at Ring have implemented the system in the video below.
It’s pretty cool, but I expect most people will still be able to answer their door or look out of a window quicker than they can ask Alexa to show them who’s there and wait for it to retrieve the feed. It’s not must-have functionality, but it’s another incentive for those who already own compatible security cameras to pick up the new unit.
Take a look at the Amazon Echo Show at Amazon here and give us your thoughts on it in the comments.