The amazon echo buttons come in packs of two costing around €20, making them very affordable. The echo buttons began as a children’s game console. Alexa can play a wide variety of games including: Amazon Echo Buttons
- Trivial Pursuit Tap
Alexa asks a question from one of six categories and friends compete to buzz their echo button first and answer the question correctly.
Alexa reads a series of clues and the first person to buzz their echo button and solve the puzzle gets a point.
- Bandit Buttons
This game requires two to four players. Too score a point you must be the first person to tap your button when all buttons turn the same colour. The person with the most taps wins.
- Squeak in the Night
2-4 mice go on the hunt for any food they can find, however they must keep away from the cat lucy.
These are the apps introduced with the buttons, however there is a much wider variety in the amazon store, many of which are free.
As well as the fun games available, you can add smarthome features to the echo buttons. Simply click the top left corner of the homepage of the alexa app, out of the options that appear click on routines. Click the plus symbol in the top right corner of routines. Firstly choose “when this happens” then select the echo button. You will be asked to click the echo button you wish to perform the task. Finally click “add action”, followed by smart home. Here there will be multiple functions for the button to perform, for example “turn on lamp”. Once you have selected the function you want, click save and play around with the buttons as much as you want.
The good: Echo buttons are very good value and they allow you to perform household jobs eg, turning on and off the lights with ease.
The not so good: The buttons only allow for one function each, for example if one button has already been programmed to turn on the bedroom light, it cannot be programmed to do anything else.
The verdict: For such a reasonable price, echo buttons can carry out functions that are very beneficial to home owners.