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I thought I'd share my experiences with the Amazon Echo Dot, 2016 model.

This little gadget came out a few weeks ago in the UK. The cost is very reasonable. As I type this it is available at £49.99 and this can include delivery.

I like it LOTS. In fact I have already bought a second one. My first one was black, for the second one I tried white. I'd recommend the black one as it looks the neater of the two in my view.

As well as having great voice capabilities, this small but able gadget, roughly the size and shape of a hockey puck, can light up its top rim in a variety of colours to indicate that it is doing various things.

I put my first Echo Dot in the living room. I can now sit in there and say "Alexa turn on light" and the lamp in the corner of the room will light up. Likewise I can turn the fan on and off.

This is because the Alexa system built into the Echo Dot can control the WeMo sockets I have around the house. I did an earlier review of what WeMo sockets are and this is in the DigiKeep Resources area. Alexa can in fact control a myriad of different home automation products and a list of some of those is on the page at Amazon shown HERE.

A simple plug socket that Alexa can control can be bought on Amazon for under £30. More expensive items you could control would for example be things like the Philips Hue lighting system, or the Nest thermostat system, amongst many others.

Setting up Alexa and adding skills to what she can do is via an App. I use the iOS one on my iPhone. There are also other versions.

So far I have my Echo Dot setup to tell me recipes from top chefs, to tell me the ingredients and how to make a mass of cocktails, and so on. I can do a vast amount using it in fact, and I can only mention a little of it here. If you have questions though please just ask me on the DigiKeep forums.

I had fun yesterday asking Alexa to read a bedtime story to my Grandson,...