Listen: Billy Bass, Amazon And Lisa Michael discussed on Leo Laporte
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But you had some news. Yeah. A couple of things have come up while you're away. Less. Interesting one. I you go to the app and to communication you're gonna see Skype there. Now, you can now use your your Amazon devices to call you start calling. So we've been able to use echoes to call one another to call another echo. And I think didn't they add the ability to call a phone at some point. You have to abilities you can link it to your cell phone, right? Call out using yourself on or you could get that little twenty five dollars bucks hook it to your landline. And then use it is nice because I've got a couple of echoes here setting up the the house here my phone rings in New York, and I can answer it here. Oh, that's interesting. Oh, so it has your it's attached to your phone number. That's cool. And then there's the third technique, which is echoed echo calling. But that's kind of limited. So now, they can use Skype as well. That's really cool. Is it a full Skype audio obviously or does it work with video on the echo show? I I don't have any friends who have video Skype, right? It's the same limitation. However, you cannot spoke up a headset. So you're on a speakerphone got it. Yeah. That to me is a bit of a limitation because the speaker phone while okay is not great. Yeah. I mean, I've tried the same thing. They just don't have the drivers. Into use a bluetooth headset. Remember, none of these eco devices have plug for a headphone, Jack. What's funny is they do all have bluetooth? However, if they don't they don't live. They never never enabled it. I wonder if that's eventually. Okay. So good, so Skype. That's nice. Now, here's the one that's more interesting next week, apple music shows up on the Amazon echo. That's a shocker to be honest, Amazon and apple if kissed and made up for why you couldn't buy any apple devices in the Amazon store except through third parties. But they've kind of made friends. Yeah. I think this is gonna kill the home pot because why do you need the home now? Yeah. The only thing the home pod. The only thing the homepage. Did was listen apple music. It was a good speaker. But I think that you know, you can tie your echo to better speakers. And I for instance, and I think this is going to be the gift of the season that don't tell I'm decided who in the family is going to get it. But you can now tie your echo to a big mouth Billy bass. Oh, no. Oh, yes. Oh, yes. And so it is a bluetooth speaker. So the echoes still have to have an echo dot or something that you can talk to. But then the output of the echo dot will come through the Billy bass. And instead of singing remember used to sing don't worry get happy it now be happy now will lip sync echo, commands and responses. Give it to me already. It's either Lisa Michael, you think Lisa might not take to it. I think it's gonna be a Michael gift are v are sixteen year old. Sounds like you'll want that in the room. I've you know, what the truth is I've been trying to get an echo in the room for ages in his bedroom. So because I want to be able to say Michael time to get up come to breakfast, come to dinner that kind of thing using the echo drop in feature. The, you know, the ability to burst commands throughout the house, but he keeps unplugging out. But I figure if it's attached to a big mouth Billy bass. Maybe. Hey. Dr grandma. Thank you for the echo update. I appreciate it. Well, there's two more things coming out to good. What? Echo input shipping. This is basically a dot without a speaker. You're the only person I know who would buy this thing. Well, the house I'm moving into has this in the ceiling speakers with a receiver. I'm gonna plug it into that. And see how it works. I guess it would work well with a big mouth Billy bass, actually, probably you don't need the dot which has its own speaker. You get the echo input and that. Yeah. Can you get that today? Oh, look at that. Thirty five bucks is a little pricey. I got it for twenty five. I got it on the early buy. Yeah. It will be it will be released December twelfth they say so that's already when the ship like they did with the Harry Potter books were sitting at the at the distributors. No, I'll get it on this. Well, but one other thing. Do you still? You're smart things. I haven't I have the hub. And I haven't hooked it up. But yeah, smart things. I don't I don't have the most recent one. This is this is a home hub that Samsung eventually bought and they're gonna make it really. They're the hub for a lot of Samsung Steph, do you are you a smart things user, I use it because I like it platform, which with everything you can now the one thing it didn't really work with very well with the SOL's you could kinda give commands to the smart thing. Like, you know, check things right. Somebody wrote an app, and you can now use every echo in the house of the speaker smart things. So you would say have a routine that turned down the lights? Locked the doors. Put the cat out for the night. Michael sneaking out the window can talk. Now instead of having to have. Sonos speaker. Or you know, or a big mouth Billy bass. Well, no that doesn't work. You have to get the sound from the smart things to the echo. There's an app now. I got not bluetooth. It's not connected, otherwise it has to be done in software on the echo. It's done. It's done in software. It's free software. You have to go to get hub get the code pasted. And please really have you done that. Or are you going to do that? Of course, I have you're going to compile the code yourself, well know, somebody else's compiled the coca all you have to cut and paste be very fine. At this point be behoove me to say be very careful when you're doing that kind of thing that you trust the source for the code. Yeah. This one this one I trust the source of the code. But now instead of having to buy extra speakers, and such for things like giving example, I have a opening close sensor on the refrigerator in the garage. Oh, that's nice. For ten minutes. I get a no dog. That's actually really handy. Yeah. Or a pipe bursts. You get awa- you have a water sensor attached to your smart things, it could then the echo could then say, hey, can you can you have it? You want kids say doctor mom, your pipes are bursting. Yeah. Because the smart thing apps, say whatever you wanted to say now, if I could just wear if I could just hook up to the big mouth Billy bass, I could say a time to get up that would be cool, actually, you can you want to I will Email you the lace for the Senate to send it to me. So I can send it the James. So we can put it in the show notes tech guy labs dot com. So everybody can have access. But again, remember, Dr mom approved. But always be careful when you're downloading strangers code from the internet. Thank you, Dr mom, enjoy the sunshine and your grandchild. All right. Take care. Bye. Bye. Doc demaim Rx she have to make a segment for her. She's our echo expert keeping us up today. Now, I said something wrong again. And I'm not talking gallium arsenide. I thought that Chris Mark where it was coming up. But he's not he's tomorrow. Our photo guy coming up next, Johnny jet. Our travel guide to help you travel like a rockstar."