Amazon’s Echo is a hybrid speaker designed to interact with users via voice recognition, accomplish simple tasks such as managing to do and shopping lists, answer simple questions about news, weather, set alarms, play local music or online music streaming services such as iHeartRadio or TuneIn and so on …
Just as Google’s “OK Google”, Apple’s “Hey Siri” or Xbox’s “Xbox” activation commands the Echo is triggered by a wake word. Simply call it “Alexa” and the Echo will be ready to take your commands! The Amazon Echo needs to be constantly connected to the internet as it does all information processing in cloud. Amazon announced that the Echo’s processing power and accuracy will increase in time as the device is capable of learning while interacting with users. Check out the video!
With regards to pricing, the Echo follows the same direction as all previous Amazon gadgets – while regular customer can get it for $199, Amazon’s Prime service members will get a cool $100 US discount lowering the device price to $99.
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