Amazon's new Echo connected speaker can listen and respond to your requests

Amazon Echo
By John Callaham on 6 Nov 2014 12:53 pm

Amazon's newest hardware product is a speaker called Echo. It's been made to connect to Amazon's cloud services so it can listen and respond to voice commands on a variety of topics and services. At the moment, you have to request an invitation to purchase the Amazon Echo, which has a price of $199, or just $100 for Amazon Prime members.

The cylindrical speaker is 9.25 inches tall and is 3.27 inches wide. It has seven microphones inside that allow it to hear a voice command from any direction. It also connects, via WiFi, to Amazon Web Services so it can provide its owners with requested information and services.

  • News, weather, and information: Hear up-to-the-minute weather and news from a variety of sources, including local radio stations, NPR, and ESPN from TuneIn.
  • Music: Listen to your Amazon Music Library, Prime Music, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio.
  • Alarms, timers, and lists: Stay on time and organized with voice-controlled alarms, timers, shopping and to-do lists.
  • Questions and answers: Get information from Wikipedia, definitions, answers to common questions, and more.
  • More coming soon: Echo automatically updates through the cloud with new services and features.

Amazon will also release a companion app for Android and Fire OS devices to help manage things like "alarms, music, shopping lists, and more." Would you use a stand alone speaker to get updates on the news and weather?

Source: Amazon

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Reader comments

Amazon's new Echo connected speaker can listen and respond to your requests


Did they announce when it will be available and begin shipping? My wife wants a Bluetooth speaker.... Might wait for this instead.

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My wife saw this and asked, "so when are you buying one"? She is also convinced that our house will take over one day with all the automation I am adding.

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Wow, I think Connectedly is totally missing the point here - by a wiiiiiiiide margin.

This may be the most significant development in the connected world we are moving in to - a device which brings some of the great features of Google Now (seems closest to that) to the mainstream.

If this leads to widespread adoption or sees other companies release comparable stand alone devices then this is what will prompt a the movement of the connected life to the mainstream.

Perhaps use a little more imagination Connectedly? Smartwatches - your raison d'etre it seems - are just delivery devices with adapt an existing form factor. This is something with much greater potential to transform society.