Amazon Echo Loop

What's Echo Loop Smart Ring?

Amazon was the first global consumer brand to launch a Smart Ring product – Echo Loop was published in September in 2019. 

Echo Loop is, first and foremost, a device for controlling Alexa, Amazon's personal voice assistant ecosystem. However, Echo Loop also helps you in making phone calls. 

It comprises of an in-built microphone and loudspeaker for the user to give Alexa voice commands and hear the responses; and, also to conduct the phone calls. To do all this, Echo Loop pairs up with your smartphone over a Bluetooth connection. It uses your smartphone's internet connection, or WiFi, and the Alexa App for connectivity and other features. 

Echo Loop is water-resistant, which means that you can wash your hands with the ring on, but showering and swimming are not recommended. 

For the time being, Echo Loop is available as an invitation-only product, and it is labeled as Amazon's first-generation Smart Ring product.

How Does Echo Loop Work? 

Controlling the voice assistant

Echo Loop is not listening for a wake word by default - you can start the voice assistant's listening mode by pressing the action button embedded on the ring body. One short press wakes up Alexa, a long press begins recording for Google Assistant or Siri, depending on whether you have an Android phone or iPhone. The haptic actuator inside the ring vibrates to indicate to you when Alexa starts to listen.

One of the two microphones inside Echo Loop records your voice commands. To hear the responses from the voice assistant, lift your hand close to your ear. You'll listen to the response from the tiny speaker inside the ring. 

Making phone calls 

You can use Echo Loop to call by your smartphone. Press the action button on the ring twice to speed dial to a person that you have defined on the Alexa app. Only one person can be stored for speed dialing, but you can call any number in your contacts through your phone's assistant. To conduct phone calls, you need to frequently move the Echo Loop in front of your mouth to speak, and near your ear to hear.  

product functionalities
Product categories
Voice assistant controller and smartphone companion device
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Meditation Aid
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Stress Level Monitoring and Management
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Heart Rate Measurement and Monitoring
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Blood Oxygen Sensor
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Sleep Apnea Screening
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Step Counter for Activity Tracking
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Public Travel Pass
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Contactless Payment
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Access Card/Badge
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Smart Key (home, buildings, cars)
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Log in Device for Smatphones, Laptops, Online Accounts, etc.
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Passwordless Login (e.g. FIDO2 WebAuthn)
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Two Factor Authentication (2FA) Support
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Motion Control for Music Player Apps
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Motion Control for MIDI devices/software
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UV Radiation Tracking
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Personal Safety - Panic button
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Smartphone App Notifications (Social Media, Calls, Messages)
yes
Phone Extension - speed dial, phone calls
yes
Voice Assistant Controller
yes
Portable Data Storage and Sharing
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tech specs
Bluetooth for Wireless Connection
yes
Gyroscope Sensor
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NFC - Near Field Communication
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RFID - Radio Frequency ID
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Accelerometer Sensor
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Heartrate Sensor
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Blood Oxygen Sensor
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Proximity Sensor
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Body Temperature Sensor
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Electrodermal (Skin) Conductivity Sensor
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Light Indicator
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Action Button
yes
Microphone(s)
yes
Haptic/Vibration Indicator
yes (Piezoelectric haptic resonant vibrator)
Loudspeaker
yes
Ultra Violet (UV) Radiation Sensor
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Fingerprint Scanner
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Memory chip
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Water Resistance
Splash resistant
Battery Life/Passive device with no battery
1 day
Charging Method
Smartphone and Computer Operating System (OS) Support
Android/iOS
product availability
Is the product available for purchases?
Yes