Today Amazon introduced Echo which is like the digital assistants we have on our smartphones, i.e, Siri, Cortana, and Google Now but this is for your home. It’s an interesting cylindrical device which what looks to be a decent speaker system that the company says produces 360 degree omni-directional audio. It reminds me a lot like the computer on Star Trek…or something like that, needless to say, it’s definitely new and unique.
It provides a hands-free voice control system for music services like Amazon music, Prime Music, and iHeartRadio. It’s also Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream music from services like Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes from your mobile device.
It will also come with the Amazon Echo App which is cross-platform and works on iOS, Android, your desktop browser, and of course Amazon Kindle Fire and Fire Phone.
Now for the interesting part: The device will be available for purchase via an invite request system. If interested, you can request an invite on the Amazon Echo page.
If chosen, you will have the opportunity to purchase the Echo. It costs $199, but if you’re an Amazon Prime member (and receive an invitation to purchase it), you can purchase it for $99 for a limited time only.
I have to say it’s cool to see such a unique an innovative device come from Amazon first for a change and not Google, Apple, or Microsoft. This isn’t just for the living room either. It appears you can simply carry it to whichever you and your family are in, you can even set it next to your bed and have it do some cool things like tell you the weather, the news headlines of the day, and more.
To get a better idea of what the Amazon Echo is all about, check out the following video. And make sure to tell us your thoughts on what you think about it in the comments below!