The concept of “dropping in” on someone is already intrusive — and maybe outdated. I mean, when was the last time you showed up at someone’s house unannounced? Or missed the days when you couldn’t see who was calling and just had to answer the phone? Amazon’s new Echo device, the Echo Show, is flanked by a screen allowing for voice-activated video calls, and a new feature called Drop In. Drop In allows anyone you’ve given permission to to drop in on your device and see live footage from your home. All someone has to do is say, “Alexa, drop in on Dara,” and the microphone and camera will start the broadcast. The recipient does not have to answer the call for this to work. The Echo Show will also tell you which of your contacts have been active with their Show devices; conceivably, who is awake or at home. Where you otherwise could decline calls and create the appearance that you are not available, your contacts could see that you are, in fact, ever “available.” Ready for a Drop In?
Source: BuzzFeed News