Amazon rolls a set of new features to its Echo Dot Kids Edition devices today – the now $ 70 version of Echo Dot smart speaker delivered with a protective case and one-year subscription to Amazon FreeTime, usually a $ 2.99 per month subscription for Prime members. Now, the parenting of children's education and other exclusive content will be new skills from Disney, Hotel Transylvania and Pac-Man, as well as a soothing Sleep Sounds skill for bedtime.
There are now four new skills playing sounds of thunderstorms, rain, sea or a babbling pitch, as well as a versatile Sleep Sounds skill that offers 42 different calming options to choose from. New parents may be happy to know that this includes baby-soothing sounds like cars, trains and vacuum (do not hit it until you try it, people's ̵
Amazon explained to us that while there is a version of sleep sounds in the Skill Store today, this version is released on Kids Edition a different child-minded version.
New to Kids Edition is also the Disney Plot Twist, which is like a Disney version of Mad Libs, where players change words and expressions in short adventure stories. The skill has popular Disney characters like Anna, Olaf and Kristoff as narrators, and is exclusive for Kids Edition devices.
The new movie "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" is featured in another new skill, Drac's Pack, which includes monster stories, songs and jokes.
Meanwhile, Pac-Man Stories is a skill that contains interactive stories for the whole family that act as choosing your own experiences – that is, the decisions you make will affect the end.
Both of these are widely available on Alexa, which means they do not require a Kids Edition device for access.
However, stories seem to be one of the areas Amazon invests in making Alexa-powered speakers more appealing to families with young children. The company recently decided to stop working with its chat stories, the Amazon Rapids app, and said that instead, it would continue to customize the Amazon Rapids stories to the Alexa platform.
Amazon also tries to promote the Echo Dot Kids Edition to families by making children -friendly content, such as Disney Plot Twist, available only to unit owners.
For example, it already offers exclusive childhood disabilities such as Disney Stories, Loud House Challenge, No Way True, Funny Fill In, Spongebob Challenge, Strange, but true, mention that animal, this or the word world, Ben ten, classroom thirteen, Batman adventure and climbing beanstalk.
But Kids Edition can also be confusing to use because the exclusive skills are whitelisted and ready to go, while other child-resistant skills must be whitelisted manually through a parent's control panel. And there is not enough instruction either from Alexa or the Alexa app on this process, at the moment we found you tested the device earlier.
Unless it's a specific exclusive skill that parents really want their kids to have, savings are also minimal when you purchase the Kids Edition Dot / FreeTime package, as opposed to buying a regular dot and Add FreeTime separately.