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What is Amazon Echo?

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Amazon Echo is a wireless speaker and voice-activated command device that helps a user activate a growing list of smart skills and applications. With seven built-in microphones to detect “far-field” voices, the Echo is able to hear voice commands from across the room or in the midst of environmental noise, so you won’t need a separate smart phone or remote for general usage. The device responds to the name “Alexa,” but you can program her to respond to “Amazon” or “Echo” instead. The available list of skills continues to grow, while deeper native device integrations are also on the rise. With the right skills, you can ask Alexa to stream songs, read chapters of an audiobook, monitor your car, manage a connected home, tell you jokes and much more.

Notable Products Compatible with Amazon Echo

  • Belkin WeMo Insight Switch - With this gadget, you can plug in a device and perform voice commands with your Echo to power it on and off. It also includes the added bonus of energy-tracking features.
  • Philips Hue Lux Starter Kit - This set allows you to install smart lightbulbs around your home so that you can dim, brighten, control and automate the lighting with a simple voice command from the Echo.
  • Insteon Assurance Home Automation Starter Kit - Install the Insteon kit in your home, and you can use the Echo to monitor and protect your property from damage, unwanted intruders and more.