Echo Buttons (2 Buttons Per Pack)
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- Echo Buttons an interactive way to play games through your compatible Echo device
- Try an exciting game night with a catalog of more than 40 compatible Alexa Skills such as Trivial Pursuit Tap by Hasbro, Hanagram, Button Monte, and Don't Cut that Wire. Just ask "Alexa, what games can I play with my Echo Buttons?"
- Personalize your own skill in minutes. With the Alexa Skills Blueprint, Game Show, you can customize your own Echo Button trvia game with facts about your friends, family, or favorite topic.
- Easy setup with an Echo (1st and 2nd Gen), Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Plus, or Echo Spot. Just ask, "Alexa, setup my Echo Buttons".
- Each button illuminates and can be pressed to trigger a variety of play experiences powered by Alexa
- Connect up to 4 buttons with compatible Echo devices using bluetooth
- Each Echo Button requires 2 AAA batteries. Includes 4 AAA batteries.
What are Echo Buttons?
Echo Buttons skills
Create your personal Echo Buttons skill in minutes
With Alexa Skill Blueprints, you can use templates to create your own personal Alexa skill in minutes. Game Show Blueprint for Echo Buttons lets you personalize questions for your trivia game show. For example, you can create the Blueprint with facts about your family and customize your skill name then just ask, “Alexa, open My Family Quiz Show” to play it whenever you like. Personalize your Game Show for Echo Buttons now.
Echo Buttons work with these Echo devices
Size and Weight
2.95” x 2.95” x 1.42” (75 mm x 75 mm x 36 mm), 1.83 oz. (52 grams). Actual size and weight may vary by manufacturing process.
Complies with Bluetooth Core Specification version 4.2 including Basic Rate (BR) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Works best within 15 feet (4.5 meters) of connected device.
Warranty and Service
90 day limited warranty and service included.
Included in the Box
2 Echo Buttons, 4 AAA Batteries. Contains small parts. May pose a choking hazard to small children.
For any issues with Echo Buttons look for Using Echo Buttons with Alexa.
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Great fun, better than expected, but some quirks I didn’t expect!
- Great for game nights, sleep overs, etc
- no setup, no cleanup (after initial setup)
- Fun for two, couples or teams (supports 4 buttons)
- Alexa acts as facilitator - keeps score, manages tempo and when possible enforces rules (can lock buttons out, etc)
- Expect lots of new games as developers get access to Gadget skill development tools
- Initial setup: problems with Bluetooth pairing (see SETUP ADVICE below)
- It’s not perfect - she will misinterpret and/or use someone talking in the background for an answer
- Buttons don’t register the ‘quick push’ consistently. This leads answering a question meant for another team and skews the score (pay attention to the answer prompts - both voice and visual)
- No easy way to clean up a scoring error. Trivial pursuit can close a category, offer bonus question, all tied to someone yelling an answer out of turn etc.
Things we stress:
- Before answering, make sure your team’s button ‘Active’ and the one to receive credit with a correct answer.
- Press the button firmly. Sometimes a quick tap doesn’t register and you may end up answering for another team
- Allow one player to speak when Alexa prompts for the answer. It can be hard, but try and be quiet - (Alexa will pick up anyone’s voice who yells)
- Keep it light hearted, no wagering :) It’s not perfect and Alexa will occasionally misinterpret an answer (just like when I ask her to ‘turn the heat up’).
The one thing we found frustrating was when one of the above items occurred, and they will, there is no easy way to correct the scoring (hint - Amazon, allow developers to build real time game interface to Alexa app, and allow scoring adjustments to games currently in play).
These are a lot of fun, but manage expectations. Great platform to work with for the App/skill developers - I can’t wait to see what they come up with
TROUBLE SHOOTING, SETUP ADVICE (save time and frustration):
- Each button has a unique ID viewable in the Alexa App (after pairing): Settings>your Echo device name>(either Bluetooth or Echo Buttons)
- LABEL BUTTONS as each one pairs with last 2 characters of Bluetooth connect name. ***This is critical for troubleshooting (a must do if you have 4 buttons)
Like all Bluetooth devices, these will have disconnects. Problem is they don’t always recover and reconnect. The GOOD NEWS is with the BUTTONS LABELED you won’t have to unpair, forget and re-pair all buttons. Without the labels it’s impossible to know which button to remove from Bluetooth/Echo Button and re-pair.
- SYMPTOM: Button disconnects from Bluetooth and will not re-pair (will not light ‘orange’ indicating ‘ready to pair’). Most likely the Button is still partially connected to last device.
- PROBLEM: Under settings a paired BUTTON’s unique name appears in TWO places. When a Button is disconnected (manual or dropped Bluetooth), it often fails to disconnect from both places (‘Bluetooth’ or ‘Echo Buttons’). To verify see: Settings>your Echo device name>(either Bluetooth and/}or Echo Buttons)
- FIX: To complete the removal, and allow re-pairing, do the following: Under ‘Echo Buttons’ select ‘UNPAIR’ and under ‘Bluetooth’ select ‘FORGET DEVICE
- SYMPTOM: followed steps above but still won’t pair/re-pair
- FIX: When you have a button that’s still giving you problems, it can usually be resolved using the steps below. They all aren’t needed everytime, but you’ll save a lot of time in the long run. Using the Alexa App do the following:
FORGET DEVICE under ‘Bluetooth’ and UNPAIR under ‘Echo Button’
>Shut down Alexa App on all mobile devices (a second device trying to pair could issue)
>Reboot Echo device by unplugging for 10 seconds
>Remove batteries from problem button for 10 seconds, then reinstall
>NOW ATTEMPT TO RE-PAIR
***With multiple problem buttons, consider repeating steps after each successful pairing.
I paired, unpaired, and forgot Devices (Bluetooth) many, many times trying to recreate and debug the issues identified by myself and others. I then tested various solutions in an attempt to resolve as many issues as possible. The fix’s above resolved every issue I encountered, and the labeling really helped save time by making it easy to identify the failing button in the Alexa app. Of course this won’t fix a dead button, but you might find your button isn’t actually dead.
Hopefully this helps you get your Echo Buttons up and RUNNING! HAPPY HOLIDAY’S
**This is an in process review. I really like the buttons and I’ll share more later :)
Product seems to be stabilizing. I have not had a dropped connection since December that required intervention.
***ADDITIONAL/TIP: Verify and ensure Alexa/echo device is on latest software. (See comments at bottom of review for latest echo device software as of 2/6/18)
The buttons were a little smaller than my echo dot which is great for easy storage.
One thing I love about these is that there are quite a few games only requiring 1 player or 2 players. I find it hard to get a large group together frequently for gaming so these buttons are an excellent alternative for a small group or individual games. I can see how this would also be a lot of fun for people who live alone.
Here is a list of games you can play with Alexa and the buttons:
Buzzer Beater Basketball Trivia
Trivial Pursuit Tap- 2-4 players
Button Monte- 2 buttons required, 2 player
4th Down Football Trivia
Party Foul- 2-4 players
Don’t Cut that Wire
Hanagram- 2-4 players
Trivial Pursuit Tap- 2-4 players
Anything above without the number of players can be a 1-player game.
Here is a list of games Alexa will play without requiring buttons:
World Detective (no buttons needed)
Classic Rock Music History Quiz (no buttons needed)
Teen Jeopardy (no buttons needed)
Jeopardy (no buttons needed)
Spelling Game for Kids (no buttons needed)
I will add that during trivia, unless you give the exact wording then your answer will be counted incorrect (ex. I said “lifting patients out of bed” and Alexa was looking for “lifting”) and there was no override for the scoring system that I could find. Even with that flaw, I highly recommend this.