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The Nucleus can also be used as an in-home video intercom system, as well — I have a unit in my upstairs home office that my wife can call to remind me it’s time for dinner without having to send me a message from her phone or shout up the stairs. Both the Echo Show and the Nucleus are relatively affordable for what they provide, especially when you compare them to the cost of a traditional in-home intercom system that doesn’t even provide a way to connect from the outside.
The Show sells for 9.99 for a single unit, or 9.98 if you get two; the Nucleus can be purchased for 9 for one or for 9 each when two or more are bought at the same time.
Services such as Skype and Face Time have completely changed how I can keep in touch with my family when I’m away, as a video call is always more intimate than text messages or a voice call, especially for young children.
But Face Time and similar services have their own limitations: they need a smartphone, tablet, or computer open and available and for the other party to answer the call.
Along with the Echo Show, Amazon is launching a new communications platform for Alexa devices, which allows for calling and messaging between Echo units and smartphones that have the Alexa app installed.
A feature called Drop In lets the devices connect instantly, without requiring someone to “answer” the call.
It also has a direct connection feature that lets me start a call between Nucleus devices or my phone and a Nucleus without needing anyone to pick up the other end.
My two-year-old can just run over to the intercom that’s always set up in the kitchen when she hears my voice without needing my wife to get her i Pad and “set up a call with Daddy” as we’ve done in the past.
Setting up Face Time on Mobile Setting up Face Time on Mac Calling on Mobile Calling on Mac Community Q&A This wiki How teaches you how to set up and use Face Time to make video or audio calls.
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Earlier today, Amazon made its long-rumored screen-based Echo device official.
The Echo Show is basically a cuboid Echo with a touchscreen and camera attached to it.