By: Nick Gambino
The Amazon Echo and all of its minions (Dot, Spot, and so on.) have discovered a everlasting place in lots of households due to the comfort of its voice-activated assistant, Alexa. With the resident voice, you’ll be able to hearken to music, obtain the climate forecast, activate suitable home equipment, all by simply making a request out loud.
Now with the newly introduced Hearth TV Dice, you’ll be able to watch and management your TV with the identical comfort. Consider the brand new gadget as an Echo paired with the Hearth TV.
The Dice, like related streaming units similar to Apple TV and Roku, has resident apps that assist you to stream. Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video – all of them are right here. Simply ask Alexa to play a title and it’ll pop up and begin taking part in.
Taking it a step again, the Dice not solely controls content material, a lot the best way Siri does on the Apple TV, nevertheless it additionally controls your TV, set-top field and any related sound bar. A lot of that is completed utilizing the IR blasters pointing in each route from each aspect of the Dice.
Any gadget in your set-up that’s IR-enabled (most set-top containers and units that require a distant are) ought to be capable to reply to instructions given to the brand new Amazon gadget. If you happen to’ve acquired a sound bar, you’ll be able to merely say, “Alexa flip the amount up” or “Alexa mute it” and it’ll accomplish that.
As I discussed, it’ll additionally management the TV itself over an HDMI-CEC connection. Surprisingly that is what has me essentially the most excited. The concept I can simply ask Alexa to show my TV on is definitely worth the worth of the little field. You may merely say, “Alexa, play ‘It’s All the time Sunny in Philadelphia’” to show the TV on and have your content material cue up and begin taking part in. That removes a number of steps, together with the one the place you need to discover the distant.
Contained in the field you’ll additionally obtain an IR extender that will help you create an uninterrupted sign to any units which might be behind cupboard doorways or for some cause out of the best way. Simply drop the extender into the realm that homes stated units and also you’ll be good to go.
The Hearth TV Dice is offered for pre-order now and shall be launched on June 21st. Prime members should buy it for $89.99 in the event that they buy it on June 7th or eightth, in any other case it’s $119.99. It’ll solely be obtainable for these within the U.S. to start out.