She added a company Amazon today, Wednesday, a new feature that allows users of its Fire TV Cube to connect it to a webcam to make video calls on TV screens.
The e-commerce giant said: The new feature will be available as of today, but its support will be limited to the second generation of the Fire TV Cube platform.
Amazon added that the feature will allow platform owners to make two-sided video calls using any device that supports the Alexa smart assistant, and this includes: tablets, smartphones, and other devices, such as: (Echo Show).
Amazon will begin launching the software update that enables the video call feature from today to continue for several weeks in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Spain.
In order for the webcam to be compatible with the new feature, Amazon explained that it must support its connection via USB, with a resolution of at least 720p at 30 frames per second, but it is advisable to use 1080p web cameras with a viewing angle between 60 and 90 degrees at a distance between Between 6 to 10 feet off the screen. 4K camera is not recommended.
And to make it easier for you to choose compatible webcams, Amazon published a list With the best options, they include: Logitch C920, Logitech C922x, Logitech C310, Aukey PC-LM1E, and Wansview 101JD.
It should be noted that the user is required to own a USB-A to Micro USB adapter, given that the Fire TV Cube has a Micro USB port.
And video calls will start without the picture by default. And if a call comes in, the caller’s personal ID will appear on the TV screen, so Alexa will speak the caller’s name. You can answer by asking Alexa by saying, “Alexa, answer”.
Amazon says it does all this to help alleviate the hardships of the unconventional holiday season, where many people may not see each other in person. “Forget holding the phone for 30 minutes, or cramming everyone into one place to see who’s on the screen,” she said. With video calls on the Fire TV Cube, you don’t even have to leave the sofa to communicate with friends and family. ”