Amazon Echo , or you can call it Alexa, is a voice-controlled Wi-Fi speaker which can recognize what you say just like Siri on iOS, the difference is that Amazon Echo stays only at your home. Most of the home automation Controllers areusually controlled by touching the screen, but maybe voice is a better interface than screen.
You can just talk to it like, “Alexa, turn off the lights” . The lights in your house will dim . “Alexa,tell me a joke” ,then it speak a joke for you. Plus , you can command him to control other devices like curtain, Thermostat. By using a cloud-based voice service called Alexa, it can also provide play music, news, weather, and audiobooks. This is what Amazon Echo do , and how he do it.
According to manufacturer,the size of it is 9.25″ x 3.27″ x 3.27″ (235 mm x 83.5 mm x 83.5 mm. It is a cylindrical tube, with a ring of lights and two buttons on the top,the lights indicates what’s going on , an action button to set up the device, a mute button to cut off the sound. And the top half-inch of the device is volume ring which can turn the volume up and down.
Far-field voice recognition, which can make your voice be heard from across the room.
360º omni-directional audio, this can provide a good quality of sound when play music through the dual downward-firing speakers .
Compatible with a lot of home automation products made by other manufacturers such as Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, and Wink connected devices. This compatibly make it possible to control lights and switches with the Amazon Echo.
The Amazon Echo is well-desighed, and its voice recognition technology is really great, the cloud-based voice interactive interface can responds to your commands very accurately. But is it indispensable? It seems that Amazon Echo can be taken place by other devics like Siri or Google or other Controllers.
Should I Buy an Amazon Echo?
If you’re a Prime, I think you should have a try. It can make you feel fun and more convenient to control your home automation products. At the same time , Maybe you’ll think it’s better to wait until the platform updates and can offer other services and be compatible with more products, but I’m telling you a great job has been done to update the Echo, and it is getting more features day after day. And you’ll find it very easy to learn how to talk to it, she can give you a lot of help.