Doctor Mom joins Leo to talk about a new skill for Amazon Echo called "Guest connect," which enables Echo users to play their favorite music on someone's else's Echo. But the downside is, that the owner of the Echo will be able to go into the Echo history and hear everything you say. But only for a 24 hour period.
Stacy's mom likes a radio station in Pittsburgh, but it will only work on Radio.Com. Is there a way to get it directly on from her Amazon Echo? Leo says that if it's on TuneIn, then you can get it directly. If not, check IHeartRadio. You may be able to set it up using the Echo App. But it's not an easy process.
Doctor Mom says that Amazon announced 25 new products this week, many of which will likely be vaporware. But there were some interesting new Echo products including Echo Studio, which is like a major home hub for your IoT devices. Leo says that Amazon's goal is to have an IoT device in every room and hallway. Leo also says that Amazon is updating the Eero Mesh routers as well.
Brock wants to be able to turn off appliances and lights remotely for his elderly mother. He wants to be able to see her with a Wyze cam and then remotely control devices from where he lives. Leo says that's a great idea. One thing is, that if she has a Fire TV Cube, it's voice-activated, so if she can speak, she can tell the TV to turn on/off and change channels. But if that's an issue, he can change the channel remotely using the Infinity X1.
Doctor Mom finally got her Amazon Echo Auto device and plugged it in. She says it gives them voice control to your phone through the car via Bluetooth. You're talking to your phone and use all the commands of any other Echo device. It'll also give you directions through any maps app you determine. But she says it'll chew up your data plan pretty quickly.
Harold has noticed that the screen on the Echo Spot has started to flicker. Of course, his warranty has run out and the best that Amazon can do is offer him a 50% discount. Leo says that if he's all in on the Amazon Ecosystem, then the Echo Show is a good option. But why is it broken? The Echo Spot isn't very expensive and they don't use the best screen hardware. So it may have just worn out.
This week, Amazon has announced users have the option to delete any recordings Alexa has made. It's in Settings-Alexa Account-Alexa Privacy-Review Voice History.
Amazon has also announced the new Echo Show 5. But Doctor Mom says it's way too small to watch video on it. Leo says it's a direct competitor to the Google Home Hub.
Grant thinks that home assistants like Google Assistant or Amazon Echo are great for home automation, but he hates talking to a box and knowing that it listens to everything he says. He wants more control over what it hears and what it doesn't. Leo says that there is an open source version called OpenHab, that is highly customizable and completely internal. And it runs on Raspberry Pi. There's also Mycroft.
Doctor Mom calls in to talk about Amazon's new Alexa feature that listens for the sound broken glass. When it hears glass breaking, it sends you an alert on your phone and can notify your alarm company. Doctor Mom says this new feature joins a feature that monitors your smoke and CO2 alarms as well. So it's listening for a lot more than just the word Alexa or Echo.
Doug has a podcast called Headline Minute on Anchor.FM. He wants to know if it will play using SIRI. Leo says that SIRI is as dumb as a box of rocks, but the Amazon Echo would likely play it, as will Google Assistant. More people have Echos and Google Assistants anyway.