Smart speakers are getting more form factors. The product category started with the long and cylindrical Amazon Echo, the oblate-shaped Echo Dot and the touchscreen-equipped Echo Show. Now, Alexa is powering a device that plugs directly into wall power sockets without requiring cables.
i-box, a UK audio company, has released an Alexa-powered smart speaker called Ellipsis. If homeowners don’t want power cables lining around the house, Ellipsis will be a better option. For example, a speaker sitting in the hallway or kitchen shouldn’t have cables attached to take up the space.
Just like every Echo devices, Ellipsis has a light blue circular light, which indicates whether the voice assistant is listening to voice commands. It works like the Echo Dot, responding to a user’s queries and playing music from Spotify or Amazon Music.
Ellipsis has four buttons on the top of the device, for volume up, volume down, power, mute and an action key to tap and activate Alexa instead of saying the word “Alexa.” When users tap on the mute button, the device will show a red light to indicate that Alexa can’t hear them right now.
Although Ellipsis isn’t a large device, its 2W speaker could still present bass and broadcast audio while playing music.
i-box also has Android and iOS apps for the speaker. The apps help to speed up the setup process besides enabling control functionalities.
Ellipsis, which will become available at the end of August, is priced at US$59.99 in the U.S. and £59.99 in the UK.