Having a hands-free voice command center used to be the stuff of science fiction. Now it’s a common reality thanks in part to Amazon’s Echo and Echo Dot. Just like iPhones have Siri, the Echo Dot has Alexa. Dear Alexa is always willing to tell you the news, weather, or to play music for you.
The Echo Dot is a smaller version of the Amazon Echo. The Echo Dot is now in its second generation. The Echo Dot is often used with a larger speaker system, but it doesn’t need to be.
What can the Amazon Echo Dot do?
-Play your music just by giving the command: “Alexa, play the Beatles.”
-Read your Audible audiobook out loud to you
-Tell you the news and the weather
-Control your fans, switches, garage doors, locks, lights, and more if you have the compatible devices
-Order products from your Amazon account just by saying the word! In the kitchen and need paper towels? Just ask Alexa to order it for you. (Hint: don’t tell your kids this or you may be wondering why the mail carrier just left a 50 pound box of marshmallows on your doorstep!)
The Echo Dot is built to last a long time. But if something does need to be replaced, the Echo Dot is easily repairable so don’t kick her to the curb! USBid, Inc. carries many of the electronic components that give Alexa her ability to serve you:
Included on the Echo Dot motherboard and in USBid, Inc.’s parts listing:
* Texas Instruments DM3725 Digital Media Processor
* Texas Instruments TPS65910A1 Integrated Power Management IC
The control board and USBid, Inc. have:
* National Semiconductor LP55231 Programmable 9-Output LED Driver (x4)
* Texas Instruments TLV320ADC310192 dB SNR Low-Power Stereo ADC (x4)
* Texas Instruments SN74LVC74A Dual Positive-Edge-Triggered D-Type Flip-Flops
As always, if there is an electronic component that you need and it is not listed on the USBid, Inc. part search, please contact us anyway! We are experts at hunting down parts that are hard to find so that you can complete projects and repair devices. Just ask Alexa. She’ll tell you!
March 29, 2017
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