Iron Man had Jarvis, and it sure was convenient having someone you can issue a command to and have whatever you need brought to you in an instant. Though I don’t think you’ll be needing someone (or something) who can assist you in making robotic suits at home, maybe you can settle for someone who can play music, set an alarm, read a book and answer basic questions for you.
Then the Amazon Echo would be perfect for you.
Connected to Alexa
The Echo is connected to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service that allows it to respond to every command, every query, with a single statement. This means that you can ask anything from weather and traffic information to today’s activities, and it will automatically respond.
Because Alexa doesn’t sleep, this means that the Echo is also on standby all the time. With a single wake word like ‘Amazon’ or ‘Alexa’, it is automatically activated, waiting to hear what you have to say next.
Seven microphones and beam-forming technology
No matter how large the room is, there’s a huge chance that the Echo will hear you. Even as your music plays, you can easily issue a command in your normal tone of voice, and Alexa will automatically run its search to give you the answers you need. Yes, that means no weird shouting at a stranger that your neighbor’s couldn’t see.
Features and Specifications
Here are some things to look forward to should you consider using the Amazon Echo:
- Hands-free and always on
- Seven microphones and beam-forming technology
- Expertly tuned speakers
- Connected to Alexa, which responds to requests instantly
- Adapts to your habits, speech patterns and vocabulary the longer you use it
- Updates automatically
- Controls your home in a single command
Customer Reviews and Scores
With an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars out of 26,899 reviews, you can definitely say that the Amazon Echo is a game changer. People are amazed at just how helpful it is, from those whose hands are always wet or oily in the kitchen, to those who just hate getting up all the time to switch stuff on and off.
Of course, the Echo has also brought quite a few infuriating moments (and quite a few hilarious ones) to owners as it adds potatoes to your shopping list instead of tomatoes, or rambles on and on about how America was discovered when you only wanted to find out when Christopher Columbus’ birthday was.
The beauty about it is the fact that Alexa is forever evolving, adapting to your vocabulary and speech patterns through time. This means that the longer you interact with it, the better it understands your orders.
So is it worth it? You bet it is! The Amazon Echo has definitely changed the way every person should live. It is one clear evidence that technology does make things easier for people after all.
For now, you can start out with one room and see how that works out for you. But let me guarantee this – the longer you use it, the more you’ll find the need to add one to every single room inside your home.