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All About The Amazon Echo

Update: Amazon recently released two new Alexa-powered devices, the tap and the Dot. We will be posting reviews on those products shortly.

Amazon Echo has been a sensational hit for Amazon since its release last year. It triples as a personal assistant (powered by their Siri-like “Alexa” persona), an omni-directional home speaker that plays music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and a Smart Home Hub that connects with many other popular smart products.

The Echo can be activated by the sound of your voice “Hey Alexa…” or through their iOS, Android or Amazon Fire apps. Alexa, who is the brain behind Echo, tap and Dot, is built in the AWS cloud, so it is continually getting smarter. According to Amazon, the more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences.

Amazon has intelligently built in the ability to control other smart-home products such as Philips Hue, Insteon, Wink among others.

I think the fact that they built in Hub features into the Echo is whats going to make this product have lasting power. There are only so many “Hey Alexa” jokes that you can do before it gets old.

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Amazon Echo – Black (1st Generation)

Features: Plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice, Call or message anyone hands-free with your Echo device. Also, instantly connect to other Echo devices in your home using just your voice., Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio. Play music simultaneously across Echo devices with multi-room music (Spotify and Sirius XM support coming soon)., Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing, Answers questions, reads the news, reports traffic and weather, reads audiobooks from Audible, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, controls Amazon Video on Fire TV, and more using the Alexa Voice Service, Controls lights, fans, TVs, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Sony, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, and others, Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino’s, DISH, and more

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