You can now buy a new accessory for your Amazon Echo, and this one is destined to add an element of fun to any family get-together. Called simply Amazon Echo Buttons, these simple little gadgets allow up to four people to compete against each other using the power of Alexa.
Make no mistake about it, Amazon is trying to build an ecosystem all of its own. And while Amazon Prime is leading the charge, the Alexa-enabled Echo devices are bringing Amazon into your living room. And now the first accessories for the Amazon Echo have arrived to draw you in even further.
Like Buzzers From a 1970s Quiz Show
The new Amazon Echo Buttons are exactly what the name implies. They’re buttons the size and shape of hockey pucks that can be pressed like buzzers from a 1970s quiz show. And they can be used to determine who gets to answer first in multiplayer games played through your Amazon Echo device.
— Aaron Gibson (@aarondgibson) November 23, 2017
Amazon is offering a handful of games at launch: Beat the Intro requires you to name that tune, while Sounds Fun rewards players for correctly identifying sound effects. Buzzer Beater is a trivia quiz based on basketball, while Fourth Down Football is a trivia quiz based on football.
The Amazon Echo Buttons are now available to pre-order, with shipping beginning on December 19, 2017, in time for Christmas. A pair of Amazon Echo Buttons are priced at $19.99 at launch, but does include the two AAA batteries they need. Four Amazon Echo Buttons can be paired at one time.
The Perfect Way to End a Dinner Party
The Amazon Echo Buttons won’t be for everyone. If you like to sit at home at the weekend passively binge-watching Netflix then these probably won’t do anything for you. However, if you regularly host family or friends these simple little devices could give you something to do after dinner.
Do you own an Amazon Echo yet? If so, what do you think of it so far? If not, why not? Are you interested in the new Amazon Echo Buttons? Have you pre-ordered? What sort of games would you like to see developers create for the Buttons? Please let us know in the comments below!