Alexa Internet Stories November 3, 2015

Amazon EchoI’ve had my Amazon Echo smart speaker since they were available to the general public and can honestly say it has changed the way our family lives. We put it in our open floor plan kitchen/family room where the far-field mic can hear our voices up to 20 feet away and has pretty incredible speech recognition accuracy. We were a little weirded out calling it “Alexa” so we changed the default name to “Amazon” – the only other current choice.

My wife used to ask me what the weather was going to be like in the morning which would annoyingly (jk love of my life) require me to go to a computer or smartphone and ask the…same…question. The Amazon Echo allows me to strut my passive aggressive side so when she asked what the weather was going to be like, I would just repeat “Amazon, what’s the weather going to be like today”. My wife, who hates using Siri because she feels like it makes her look weird/uncomfortable talking to her iPhone, stopped asking me what the weather was going to be like. She started asking Echo.

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Alexa Internet Stories June 23, 2015

Amazon today announced that its Echo smart speaker is available for purchase for $179.99 shipped with delivery times extended out until mid-July (initial shipments to be delivered sooner). The original price was $199.99 but initial Prime testers got one for $99.99.

The Echo is the highly acclaimed “Siri in a speaker” that allows users to get information with only voice. iOS and Android apps allow you to configure Echo from your smartphone as well.

It features:

  • Information, music, audiobooks, news, weather, traffic, sports, and more–instantly
  • Controlled by your voice for hands-free convenience
  • Far-field voice recognition hears you from across the room
  • Connected to the cloud so it’s always getting smarter
  • 360º omni-directional audio to fill the room with immersive sound
  • Compatible with Belkin WeMo and Philips Hue connected devices to control lights and switches with your voice
  • Plays music from Amazon Music, Prime Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more
  • Also functions as a highly capable bluetooth speaker for all of your other gadgets.

Many (18,000+) early reviewers gave it an impressive 4.5/5 star rating. Check the videos below and press release for more information.

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