Amazon has just announced the latest Echos, the little light up devices are designed to bring interactive game play to the Alexa Echo system. Although many people found these Echo Buttons to be a weird addition in Amazon’s hardware lineup, it appears they many actually have an interesting future after all.
Amazon had already announced a handful of compatible titles to go with these little colorful gadgets. And now it appears that that list is about to get a bit longer, as it opens up a beta version of the Gadgets Skill API for the hardware.
The company has opened these devices for developers who can actually use the platform to associate button presses with different skills and send light up animation to the hardware. A preview version of the API lead to the development of a number of experiences for the two for $20 peripherals, including light up playback of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and Trivial Pursuit from Hasbro.
In fact, there has just been an announcement made to launch a new game: an Echo Button version of Simon, the popular 1980s light up memory game. Users can download Simon Tap now, and Alexa will list a sequence of colors the players then match. The hardware works with most of the Echo line, including, Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Plus and Echo Spot.
Amazon fans may actually be in for a treat as the future of these Echo Buttons may actually be fun and promising.
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