Tell the family "dinner's ready" with Alexa Announcements

Tell the family

As of right now, only US and Canadian customers will have access to the Echo intercom. The feature makes it easy to communicate to everyone in your home where an Echo speaker is present.

Similar to Google Home's Broadcast feature which launched back in November, Alexa Announcements will allow you to create what is effectively an intercom system in your home if you have more than one Echo speaker. Amazon is running a special deal on this kit fora limited time.

You are able to quickly get an audio message out to everyone in the household (or at those within earshot of an Echo speaker) by saying "Alexa, broadcast" or "Alexa, announce" followed by whatever you want to say. Don't feel like buying an Amazon Echo?

A recent report from NPR and Edison Research claims 16 percent of USA adults have a smart speaker in their house. Alternatively, you can use commands to prompt Alexa to make announcements in her own voice, TechCrunch reports. You definitely shouldn't expect a tablet's speakers to outperform the regular Echo, but a hands-free Alexa could be convenient when you're traveling.

Starting today, however, Amazon is giving parents remote access to these things.

"Customers can simply say to their Echo device, "Alexa, announce that dinner is ready, ' and 'Dinner is ready" will then be announced in your voice to all other compatible Echo devices in your household", Amazon said in a statement. If you want to tell the whole family that dinner is ready, or that the evening's movie is about to start, you can broadcast that message through every Eco simultaneously.

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