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Amazon teams up with Citizen for a classier looking Echo wall clock

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Watch company Citizen is expanding its (less well known) line of wall clocks today with two new models that add support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, in what are effectively nicer looking versions of Amazon’s existing Echo Wall Clock.

Like the Echo Wall Clock, the Citizen clocks is part of the “Works with Alexa” program. That means that they don’t actually feature Alexa hardware like a microphone or speaker. Rather, they’re meant to augment an existing Alexa-powered smart speaker by serving as a display for timers you’ve set using Alexa using a ring of lights around the dial.


The Citizen Smart Clock comes in two designs —one with a metal frame clock that will cost $79.99, and one with a wooden frame for $89.99. That’s a lot more than Amazon’s $29.99 version, but the $80-$90 price tag is roughly on par with Citizen’s other wall clocks. Unlike Citizen’s wristwatches — which are known for their solar-powered Eco Drive movements that never need batteries replaced — the Citizen Smart Clocks are are powered by four C-type batteries.

The Citizen-branded clock might not be the only branching out Amazon is doing with the Echo Wall Clock, either — FCC filings indicate that Amazon is also working on a Mickey Mouse-styled clock, too.

The metal clock is available to buy on Amazon now, while the wooden clock is sold through Wayfair, Overstock, Hayneedle, and other “select retailers.”


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https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2019/12/13/21020768/citizen-amazon-echo-alexa-wall-clock-design-style-timer-price

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