Are ready for an always listening personal assistant in your family room? +Amazon.com sure thinks you are with their new device #Echo .
“Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's always on—just ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. Echo begins working as soon as it hears you say the wake word, "Alexa." It's also an expertly-tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound.” – Amazon
• Easy Set up
• Fast WI-FI
• Bluetooth Enabled
• Just Ask – This is basically the main function of the device. You ask question just like you ask google now. The only real difference is that instead of saying “Ok Google” your wake up world will be “Alexa” (This would be awkward if someone who lives with you name is Alexa…).
• Advanced Audio Design
• Amazon Echo Companion app
• Far-Field Voice Recognition
• Cool LED Light Ring
• Echo will also have a Remote that will have playback controls and a mic.
What is it?
Amazon Echo is basically google now trapped in a cylinder. You ask it questions and it gives you answers.
When can you get one...?
Currently you have to request an invitation to purchase one via the product page.
How much will it be…?
For a limited time Amazon Prime Member can get one for $100, otherwise it will retail for $200.
Honestly speaking, I don’t know what to think. It just seems like a device to do something that you already can do if you own a recent smartphone. I like that they are trying to innovate but I just don’t know who would buy this. Maybe if they made the price like $49.99 it would make a nice gift for someone this holiday season but at a whopping $200..? I just don’t see the value. Maybe playing around with one may change my mind…
For more info check out Amazon / Echo