Amazon Echo is the first steps into a truly smart, digital home-space, with voice controls allowing you to manage your home without ever lifting a finger.
The speaker from Amazon has several helpful features to let users instantly play the music they want, control the lighting or electricity, and even buy products from the Website without having to log online.
The futuristic technology has changed home management, with voice-controlled, easy to use features.
What is Amazon Echo?
Amazon Echo is the smart speaker that can help users control most aspects of their home. Using Amazon’s smart voice-control system Alexa (named after the ancient library of Alexandria), users can control a wide array of online features simply by talking to the speaker.
All you need to do is simply say a single trigger word from “Alexa, “Echo”, Amazon”, or “Computer”. to activate the Echo. You can then ask Alexa any number of questions or give it a selection of tasks to complete and it will be done.
Similar to Apple’s Siri voice assistant, Alexa is controlled by voice command to do things like answer questions from google, set alerts and check the weather, but Amazon Echo can do several other things that set it apart.
Amazon Echo is always switched on and will be always patiently waiting for your commands. The microphone will pick up your command word, which can be any number of questions or tasks.
For example, you can say: “Alexa, what’s the weather in London today?”. Amazon Alexa will send the request before answering the weather for that day in the capital.
Alternatively, if you want to play a particular song, you can ask Alexa for the track you want, telling Alexa to change the volume with a simple voice command.
You can even control aspects of your home with Amazon Echo, by connecting it to special Amazon lightbulbs or thermostats. Simply ask Alexa to turn off the light or adjust the temperature and your command will be fulfilled.
How much does Amazon Echo cost?
Amazon Echo does not need any sort of subscription, with access to Alexa’s useful features available from £89.99 on Amazon.
Having said that, those who have an Amazon Prime membership will get a lot more out of the system.
Prime members will get free music, as well as next day delivery on any shopping done through the smart speaker.
There are several versions of the Echo which may affect the pricing. The Amazon Echo Dot starts at £49.99, offering fewer features for a smaller, more subtle speaker that can play music and answer questions.
Best questions to ask Alexa
There are several cool features the Echo has that can help you out in your day-to-day life. Here is a list of some cool things to ask Alexa.
“Alexa, give me a chocolate brownie recipe” – This uses the Allrecipes skill to provide detailed cooking instructions for chocolate brownies. The recipe can also be sent to your phone, if you need to pop to the shop for ingredients.
“Alexa, play music for sleeping” – Your Amazon Echo will play gentle music as you drift off. You can even tell Alexa to stop playing music in half an hour, so she turns off once you’ve entered the land of nod.
“Alexa, what’s on BBC 1 tonight?” – The Echo can reel off some top content for you to watch this evening. You can also ask about specific shows, like when the next episode of The Apprentice is on.
“Alexa, roll a dice” – A handy tool for anyone who wants to leave their big decisions to chance. Alternatively, a great replacement if you’ve lost dice from a board game.
“Alexa, what Indian restaurants are nearby?” – If you’ve set up your location in the Alexa app, you can use your Echo to find restaurant recommendations in your Local area.
“Alexa, play music everywhere” – This relatively new feature lets you play your music across all Echo devices in your home – great for parties.
Source : EXPRESS