Amazon came out with three amazing products, the Echo, Dot, and Tap that all have on thing in common – Alexa Voice Service. By activating the feature users access music, information, news, sports scores, weather, and more. There is a growing number of smart home devices and applications that work with the Echo, Dot and Tap that are opening doors to greater possibilities for everyone, especially for people with physical disabilities that limit them from using their arms and legs. Check out Amazon Echo Part 1: a consumer product with huge assistive technology potential! and Amazon Echo Part 2: Echo + IFTTT = A match made in the Internet of Things to learn more.

It is important to know the difference between the three devices in order to match the right device features to the end user’s needs. This is essential factor to consider, especially if funding is limited.

What is the difference between the Amazon Echo, Dot, and Tap?

Echo Size 9.3" x 3.3" x 3.3" Weight 37.5 oz. Alexa Voice Service Voice Control, Yes. 360 Omni Directional Audio, Yes. 3.5 mm Auxiliary Input, No. Bluetooth Connectivity, Yes. Wi-Fi Connectivity, Yes. Portable/Rechargeable, No. Alexa App Compatibility, Yes.  Dot Size 1.3" x 3.3" x 3.3" Weight 5.7 oz. Alexa Voice Service Voice Control, Yes. 360 Omni Directional Audio, No. 3.5 mm Auxiliary Input, Yes. Bluetooth Connectivity, Yes. Wi-Fi Connectivity, Yes. Portable/Rechargeable, No. Alexa App Compatibility, Yes.  Tap Size 6.3" x 2.6" x 2.6" Weight 16.6 oz. Alexa Voice Service, Yes. Voice Control, No. 360 Omni Directional Audio, Yes. 3.5 mm Auxiliary Input, No. Bluetooth Connectivity, Yes. Wi-Fi Connectivity, Yes. Portable/Rechargeable, Yes. Alexa App Compatibility, Yes.

All three devices have great assistive technology potential. However, the most notable difference between the devices is the Echo and Dot have voice control and the Tap does not. Users must press a button on the Tap to access Alexa Voice Services. The Tap is rechargeable and portable, whereas the Echo and Dot are not. Between the Echo and Dot, the only difference is their built in speakers. The Echo’s speaker is much louder and clearer then its counterpart, however you have the ability to connect any speaker to the Dot via the 3.5 mm Auxiliary Input or Bluetooth.

 

 

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