What can I say... I LOVE technology and I always share with my readers the things that I have personally tried, own or have had an experience with.

Not to long ago while having dinner with friends at their new house I had the unexpected thrill of being introduced and interaction with Amazon's Echo.

This sleek, voice activated, all knowing (just kidding) WIFI based piece of technology is an absolute amazing conversation piece. When I mean conversation piece, I mean you have conversations with the piece! I'll explain.. This little unit plays music through any on-line accounts you have and of course your own downloaded library on your phone.

 

Starting the voice activation feature by simply saying "Alexa"...... (followed by whatever you want to know) "what's the traffic on main street?" "what's the weather going to be tomorrow?" "whats the score of the game?" etc...

 

Armed with the internet, it's almost unlimited with what it can offer you in regards to answering questions, playing voice activated games with one or more people, on-line services etc.. (although there are limits).

 

As we sat around the table eating, having a glass of wine and listened to the background music, our friend asked "Alexa" to play a game. He said.. "Alexia - open American History trivia" and she began to ask us questions. We we're extremely impressed on how well it worked, how clean the sound was and how easy, fun and useful this little device is.

 

Although we didn't get to use ALL the features (and there's a lot) I thought it would be helpful to list them here for you just so you can see just how many things Amazon's "Echo" (Alexia) can do.

  • Plays all your music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice

  • Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio

  • Allows hands-free convenience with voice-control

  • Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing

  • Answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service

  • Controls lights, switches, and thermostats with compatible WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Nest, and ecobee smart home devices

  • Always getting smarter and adding new features and skills--over 1,500 added since launch, including Domino's and Uber

 

 

For more informtion check out the llnks below and send me your comments on this cool device!

 

~Gary        

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