Amazon on Wednesday introduced a new Alexa-compatible appliance, the Echo Glow light, at its. Users can cycle through colors with a tap, set a sleep timer, start a dance party or get a digital campfire light going. It's expected to cost $30 and is available for preorder Wednesday.
Amazon said the Echo Glow is a new way for children to interact with, such as by turning lights on and off.
The Echo Glow joins several new features aimed at families. Amazon added a new Alexa Educational Skills API designed to help parents stay involved with older children at school. The new API can connect you to programs your child's school might use, like Canvas, Kickboard and Coursera.
According to Amazon, once the API is connected, parents can ask Alexa, "What homework does Chris have tonight?" or "How did Sam do on the math test yesterday?" Alexa will provide a response. High school and college level students can use the Alexa Educational Skills API to keep tabs on assignments, deadlines and more.
The company is also bringing a new FreeTime experience for kids on. The new FreeTime includes kid-friendly educational content and , along with the ability to watch videos, make video calls and add stickers to photos. Any and all contacts must be approved by the parent and contact before any call can be made. In addition, there's a sing-along feature that pops the music lyrics onto the screen.
The company also added Federal Trade Commission to investigate the in May. Shortly after, Amazon faced that alleged the company failed to get children's consent when it recorded them using its voice assistant.to help address privacy concerns after children's advocates called on the US
Originally published Sept. 25, 10:48 a.m. PT.
Update, 11:35 a.m.: Adds more information.