It’s a bit of a conflict of interest when you get free stuff in exchange for making a video about it, but my loyalty is with the audience. Lately the focus on “influencer marketing” has turned to “micro-influencers,” like myself, which is why I get these gadgets in the mail. The problem is, as with things like the below video, and also with the company that sent me Amazon Echo Cases, they’re products that make little or no sense, and I have to point that out.
It’s like they sit around and think, “what can we make to enhance these successful products,” without really being honest with themselves about the actual value they add to the product.
To be fair, the above battery for the Echo Dot isn’t really a bad idea, but then they also make a “case” so that you can carry it around with you strapped to your backpack.
The only scenario where I see that happening would be a college setting where there is one single WiFi connection across the entire campus. Otherwise, it makes no sense at all.
One of the perks of having had a viral tech video with over a million views (which by today’s standard is not that spectacular, really) is that you make it onto lists of manufacturers to send you products to review. This means I occasionally get my hands on fun tech toys before they’re generally available. For example, this awesome little Alexa-powered clock:
My weekend video project. Bet you’ll never look at an elevator the same way again.
FABRIQ of Canada was nice enough to send me a couple of their new little rechargeable WiFi/Bluetooth speakers featuring Amazon’s Alexa built in, which puts them in direct completion with Amazon’s own products. But these have a standout feature which actually boosts them above and beyond, and that’s the fact that they will link up with each other.
One thing I’ve discovered since putting this video together is that, at least on Mac systems, the groups of synced FABRIQ speakers show up as an option for sound output, somewhat like Apple Airplay speakers.
I am liking them so far!
Lord knows I love my gadgets. Good to know they love each other as well.
Music in this video is by Zoe Keating and Lokumu. <3
Yes, I’ve discovered the truth behind the Amazon Echo … and it may not be what you’d expected.