Amazon Echo is a Voice-Controlled Speaker Connected to the Cloud

By: Laura McQuarrie - Nov 7, 2014
References: amazon & theverge
The Amazon Echo speaker was recently announced, serving as something that's like a version of Siri you your home. With Echo, you're able to dictate shopping lists, ask about the weather or anything else that you might normally turn to Google for. With built-in recognition technology, Echo is able to hear you from across the room, making use of seven microphones so that you're able to be understood even if you're talking over music. When it comes to music, the speaker is Bluetooth compatible, meaning that you're able to connect Spotify or Pandora quite easily.

The AI inside the Amazon Echo speaker is has a name and it's Alexa, which is used to wake up the speaker when you need to ask it a question.