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  • Amazon Introduces 'Echo', a Siri-Like Virtual Assistant Speaker


    For those of you who didn’t already know, Amazon recently unveiled a new product called Echo. It is a virtual assistant that connects via the Internet in a cylinder tube like standalone speaker. The hardware has a Siri-like voice assistant built into it and can answer tasks, perform functions requested, and extend to mobile apps. It has many similarities to Apple’s Siri, Google Now, and Microsoft’s Cortana, except for being a stationary device that is meant for consumers to use at home.

    Consumers can ask questions like ‘what time is it?’ and ‘what’s the weather like’ when the word “Alexa” is said out loud. Other tasks the device can complete include playing music, updating a to-do list, setting an alarm, and more. Amazon has noted that Echo uses far-field microphone technology, in which noise cancellation and seven microphones and are used to pick up a request from across a room. On the music side, Echo is built to connect with Prime Music, iHeartRadio, Amazon Music, and TuneIn accounts, as well as Bluetooth streaming from a phone or tablet.

    A release date for Echo has yet to be announced but if you are interested, you will need to request for an invitation in order to purchase the device. Amazon Prime members can then purchase Echo for $99 and for non-Prime members, it will cost you $199. Amazon’s reservation site says invitations are set to go out in the coming weeks, so if you want it for the holiday season, we’d recommend requesting for an invitation soon. To request for an invitation, click on our source link below.

    Source: Amazon
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Amazon Introduces 'Echo', a Siri-Like Virtual Assistant Speaker started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Wow, a giant machine that lets you use Siri at home. This is the future right here. That rock music is some rebellious stuff.

      Edit: $200?? What the hell?
    1. peacedog's Avatar
      peacedog -
      It's only $99 with the NSA-sponsored discount.
    1. StuG III's Avatar
      StuG III -
      Quote Originally Posted by peacedog View Post
      It's only $99 with the NSA-sponsored discount.
      Hear hear! I have a feeling this will be stuck at warehouses with the Fire Phone