Amazon has been revealing numerous living room devices the past few months. From the looks of it, it doesn’t look like they’re going to stop anytime soon. Today they pulled back the curtain on the Amazon Echo. The cylindrical Echo is basically a voice activated bluetooth speaker with some nifty smart features.

 

The Amazon Echo is an always on device that begins working as soon as you speak it’s “wake word” Alexa. The blue halo around the top of the Echo houses 7 microphones that use beam forming technology. With this technology, Amazon claims these tiny little microphones are able to pick up your voice coming from any direction, even while playing music.

 

The Echo is connected to Amazon’s Web Services so it’s able to nearly instantaneously pull information from the cloud. Because of this, Echo can respond to a variety of inquiries. The more you use Echo, the more it learns.

Amazon Echo

 

Housed inside the Amazon Echo are a downward firing 2.5 inch woofer and 2 inch tweeter. The Echo’s capable of accessing music from Amazon Music, Prime Music, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Since it’s bluetooth enabled you can also stream music from iTunes, Pandora, or Spotify from your phone or tablet.

 

The Echo can be accessed via the app, which is available on Fire OS and Android, as well as desktop and iOS browsers. Through the interface you can access your shopping lists, music and alarms. The Echo also includes a remote with a built-in microphone that you can use to control your music and volume.

 

Since the Echo is connected to the internet, Amazon promises that the Echo can receive periodic updates that will unlock more features in the future. Currently, the Echo is available by request only and those who receive an invitation will be able to purchase it in the near feature.

 

 

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