The thing about Amazon’s Echo devices is that for the most part they’re relatively affordable and they don’t take up a lot of space, especially if you have the Echo Dot. This means that you could place multiple units around the home and have access to the Alexa virtual assistant anytime that you want.

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Now it looks like Amazon will be giving the Echo devices more functionality in an upcoming update that will bring about intercom features. Basically what this means is that users will be able to single out specific Echo devices in their home and speak from one Echo device to the other, although this means that you will need to individually assign each Echo its room name, and it also needs to be an Echo with a microphone, meaning that the Echo Tap is out.

Once you have it all setup, you can speak to individual Echo units, like you could use the Echo in your room to call out to someone in the kitchen to bring you a glass of water, or get someone to answer the door, and so on. Of course this is contingent on you having multiple Echo devices at home, and presumably this feature is to tempt customers into buying more.

It is a pretty clever idea and one that we’re surprised did not launch sooner. The update will be rolling out over the next few days so do keep an eye out for it.

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