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Definition: Echo Dot


A compact version of Amazon's Echo virtual assistant, commonly called an "Alexa" device. In 2016, the first Dot was shaped like a hockey puck, but the fourth generation in 2020 is sphere-like, which Amazon calls an "orb." See Amazon Echo.






Echo Dot
The Dot can optionally connect to an external speaker for louder sound. Color models (top) debuted in 2018 that include a year of entertainment and education. Along with the new shape in 2020, animal models were also introduced (bottom). (Images courtesy of Amazon.com.)