How many times a day do you take out your smartphone to “Google” something? If you’re like me, it’s at least two or three times per day. But what if you could just ask a question aloud, and in an instant have a response? Enter Amazon Echo, an intuitive device designed around your voice that’s always on and can answer just about any question you can throw at it. Users can simply ask for information, to have music played, have the news read, the weather read, and so much more. Users can set an alarm, take notes, or add to their grocery list just by telling Alexa to do so.
The Amazon Echo begins working as soon as it hears someone say the wake word, “Alexa.” For example, “Alexa, how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon?” And, the device will respond immediately with the correct response. The Echo sports an array of seven microphones so that you can be heard from any direction. This wireless speaker also has enhanced noise cancellation, so it can even hear you ask a question while it’s playing music.
The device runs off of cloud technology, running on Amazon Web Services so it learns and adds more functionality over time. The more you use Echo, the more it learns about you and adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary and preferences. Of course, it wouldn’t be 2014 if the Echo didn’t come with its own app, the Amazon Echo app, which is free on Fire OS and Android.
Strangely, the Amazon Echo is only available for purchase through invite — presumably until they are able to make more units to keep up with the demand. It will cost $199, or $99 for Amazon Prime members. You can sign up to purchase the Amazon Echo here. Undoubtedly, this is going to become THE wireless speaker to buy as a gift for someone this Christmas. As it’s the best wireless speaker from Amazon.