Amazon is updating its line of Echo speakers for kids with some new features and new colors. Based on the third-generation Echo Dot, the updated model for kids comes equipped with 70 percent louder sound, new FreeTime features, and instead of coming with add-on bumpers, kids can now choose from rainbow or blue colors.
Two FreeTime features include a flash briefing, giving kids the latest news from kid-friendly sources like National Geographic or News-O-Matic, plus they can ask to hear the Word of the Day or an interesting fact. Blueprints is another new Alexa skill that gives kids the opportunity to create their own interactive adventure using over ten preset templates.
Of course, as with the existing FreeTime app, parents can use Parent Dashboard to control the type of content kids are exposed to, as well as set time limits, and review the usage history. Parents must give consent before their kids can access FreeTime.
According to Amazon, the FreeTime experience was built in partnership with the Family Online Safety Institute while following the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
The Echo Dot Kids Edition is available for preorder now, with a ship date of June 26th. The price is currently $49.99, but it'll eventually sell for $69.99.