You’re probably already familiar with using voice commands like “Ok Google…” and “Siri…”. Well, Siri has a big sister, and she went to Oxford…in the future.
While researching for the Lepow Modre Bluetooth Speaker Review, we stumbled upon this new release: the Amazon Echo. Not quite a bluetooth speaker, not quite anything really. We had to share it with you.
The Amazon Echo is a computerized speaker system connected to your WiFi, updating automatically, that does a variety of things for you in your home at your voice command.
Here’s a video of Amazon to see what Amazon Echo does.
The Amazon Echo’s real name is Alexa, meaning, you have a question or request, you ask Alexa. Here are some typical requests you can make:
- “Alexa, what’s the weather like tomorrow?”
- “Alexa, play some classical music.”
- “Alexa, how’s traffic?”
- “Alexa, how’s my schedule for tomorrow?” (Syncs with Google Calendars)
- “Alexa what’s the score of the _______ game?”
- “Alexa, how do you spell onomatopoeia?”
- “Alexa, set a timer for 22 minutes.”
- “Alexa, tell me a joke.”
- “Alexa, turn the lights on.”
- “Alexa, add croutons to my grocery list.”
- “Alexa, who is Isaac Newton?”
- “Alexa, feed me.” (She doesn’t feed you, unfortunately, but she’ll still respond)
I realize we have other ways of obtaining all this information, and Siri still does fine, but with Alexa you can do it as soon as something pops into your head and get an immediate response without a device in hand. The way of the future…
The Amazon Echo(Alexa) hears you from across the room even with music or other commotion going on. Selective hearing…in a good way. And in like manner, you will hear her from across the room.
Her features as of now are as follows, but please be aware, it is constantly updating and more features will be available in the future:
- Always on, always connected(a good thing, or a creepy thing)
- Automatically updates from the cloud, a learning robot…(so if you have another human Alexa in your home, hopefully there will be an update to change the name of the Amazon Echo to avoid confusion…)
- Has a huge music library to play various genres at your command
- Plays audiobooks, gives Wikipedia information, spells words, gives weather, traffic and sports reports, ties in with various news agencies to give you news reports of your choosing
- Controlled by voice command with the ability to learn your accent and hear you over noise and distance(you don’t have to yell…unless you want to)
- 360 degree directional sound
- Compatible with certain switch and light fixtures which allows you to voice command your fixtures
- Adds items to your grocery or to-do lists on command(pairs with the companion app)
Families with Alexa say that the Amazon Echo has changed their home life, giving it extra color and variety with Alexa’s shenanigans. Things are not always relayed perfectly when dealing with electronics, and sometimes it makes for some good entertainment(like some of the crazy autocorrects in text messages, or the answers Siri gives to silly questions). But overall, Alexa gets you, and gives you what you’re looking for.
For people with physical disabilities, Alexa lends a helping hand in many practical ways.
Parents with school age children have benefitted from adding Alexa to their family.
Amazon has had various exclusive products, but this has the best applications.
As a product like this has never existed before, CNET has said: “The Echo may be the closest thing we’ll have to a Star Trek computer at home.” Alexa even understands Scotty’s accent…
As of July 18, 2015, the Amazon Echo will be available. But it actually had a pre-release to tens of thousands of Amazon customers, and has had sensational reviews by newspapers, blogs and the common customer alike.
The Amazon Echo, is available right here:
To allow you to access Alexa from other rooms without turning towards her or to give commands without saying “Alexa” you can get the Echo Voice Remote.
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If you have one yourself, let us know in the comments below how you find having Alexa around.