A great benefit of using smart devices is the ability to use automation. For your Amazon Echo smart speaker or other connected devices, you can easily create what are called Routines with Alexa. Routines let you do things automatically like play music or hear the weather using a trigger. If you’re new to Routines in Alexa, here’s how to set them up.
Amazon Echo Stories November 5, 2019
Amazon Echo Stories December 4, 2017
Update 12/5: There are several more Echo devices on sale now. The Sandstone Fabric All-New Echo is down to $79.99 shipped from $100. Also on sale are the Silver, Oak, and Walnut finishes for $99.99 shipped from $120. If you’re looking for a bundle, you can grab the Heather Gray All-new Echo and TP-Link Smart plug for $84.99 shipped. Purchased at full price and separately, you’d be looking at around $120 here.
Amazon has its 2nd-generation Echo is back down to $79.99 shipped. Regularly $100, this is one of the best prices we’ve seen for it. With a new speaker and design, this Echo is perfect if you need another smart speaker around the home. Rated 4/5 stars from over 1,800 Amazon customers.
Amazon Echo Stories April 28, 2016
When Amazon first launched its Echo Smart Speaker last year, it also set up a $100 million investment fund to help bring its Alexa developer kit to additional third-party devices. Today, that money is coming to fruition with the new Triby voice-controlled smart hub and speaker.
This is the first non-Amazon device to utilize Alexa’s Voice Service, although we have seen DIY projects that are able to leverage it. Not only does it offer support for the popular virtual assistant, this portable speaker is packed with other features like VoIP, Spotify Connect and more. Full details below.
Amazon Echo Stories April 19, 2016
Amazon Echo Stories March 28, 2016
Amazon’s Echo ($180), Dot ($90) and Tap ($130) devices get their smarts from the Alexa Voice Service. Not only can Alexa make day-to-day tasks more convenient, but we found it to be nothing short of life-changing. For those of you who are unwilling to shell out the $90+ or who love to tinker with technology, Amazon has shared an official GitHub guide for building your own Alexa-enabled device.
You’ll need a model B Raspberry Pi 2 ($37), microSD card ($13), USB microphone ($3) and a couple other small items to get started. This project also requires a USB keyboard and mouse, plus an HDMI monitor, but hopefully you already have those pieces.
The instructions are very thorough so anyone with basic programming skills should be able to work through it. The only glaring downside to building your own Echo is that it doesn’t include the always-listening feature. Ready to tackle this project? Click here for Amazon’s official walkthrough.
Amazon Echo Stories March 3, 2016
We heard a couple of months ago that Amazon was working on a smaller, more portable version of its Echo voice assistant speaker, and now it’s here. Actually, Amazon has announced today two new Alexa-enabled devices, the Echo Dot (which is the aforementioned smaller version of the larger Echo), and the Amazon Tap, which is essentially an Alexa-enabled portable speaker…