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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 second generation in 2020 is ball shaped, 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.)