Plenty of people are using Echo Dot and other speakers from Amazon to make their home smarter. If you have one, you may want to invest in a stand for it. The Dot Vertical Case is worth a look. It is an upright holder that fits your speaker and frees up counter space.
The Dot Vertical Case holds your device in a position that you can clearly see Alexa’s light notifications. Costs under $20 at this time.