Amazon’s Fireplace TV Dice can now be linked with a webcam for video chats in your TV display. The brand new characteristic is offered beginning at present and is restricted to the newer second-generation mannequin of the Dice. But it surely permits house owners of that product to begin two-way video calls with “any Alexa-enabled device with a screen, including tablets, phones and devices like the Echo Show.” A brand new software program replace that allows video calling will start rolling out at present by means of the approaching weeks within the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Spain.
For a webcam to be appropriate, in accordance with Amazon, it should “support UVC with at least 720p resolution and 30fps,” however you’ll get a “better experience” from “webcams with 1080p resolution and 60 to 90-degree field of view from 6 to 10 feet away from the TV.” 4K webcams “are not recommended.” To make the entire course of a bit easier, Amazon has put out a listing of beneficial webcams to begin from, together with a number of Logitech fashions:
However there may be one different small snag you’ll need to cope with: for the reason that Fireplace TV Dice solely has a Micro USB port on the again, you’ll want a USB-A to Micro USB adapter to get this webcam performance up and operating. Amazon additionally has some picks for these:
These video calls all begin with video off by default. If there’s an incoming one, you’ll see the caller ID on-screen, and Alexa will communicate out the caller’s title. You possibly can reply by saying, “Alexa, answer.”
Amazon says it’s doing all this to assist ease an unconventional vacation season the place many individuals won’t see each other in individual. “Forget holding up a phone for 30 minutes, or cramming everyone in to see who’s on screen. With video calling on Fire TV Cube, you don’t even have to leave the couch to catch up with friends and family.”
There are additionally new upcoming options for different Fireplace TV units that Amazon introduced at present:
Ring Doorbell Digital camera Notifications
With vacation buying prone to generate a flurry of bundle deliveries this month, Fireplace TV house owners will be capable of obtain notifications on their Fireplace TV display when the doorbell rings and watch the safety digicam video in full-screen by saying “Alexa, show me [Ring device name],” or “Alexa, talk to [Ring device name].” Fireplace TV units can obtain doorbell notifications for Ring doorbell units solely; Fireplace TV Dice (2nd technology) just isn’t supported. Be taught extra about linking Ring merchandise to Fireplace TV units right here.
Alexa Responses Whereas Watching TV
Prospects will be capable of ask Alexa on Fireplace TV units concerning the climate or for basic info with out interrupting the TV viewing or looking expertise. Responses can be answered by Alexa on a partial display overlay on high of full-screen video playback or the Fireplace TV browse display background. To get began, merely ask, “Alexa, how is the weather?” or “Alexa, how far is planet Mars?” This characteristic can be out there on all Fireplace TV units, excluding 1st Gen Fireplace TV Stick and 1st Gen Fireplace TV.