J.A.R.V.I.S is no longer just for
Iron Man, Amazon’s got one just like it
No, you did not misread that. Amazon’s not just an online
platform for all your shopping needs. In fact, Amazon’s gone on the techie path
with its all new and awesome Smart device named Echo – Which is pretty much
Iron Man’s trusty
Echo’s possibilities are endless. From adding items on your
grocery shopping list to asking it to check out the beginnings of the Egyptian
empire, read a book out loud or even to convert ¾ cups of flour to grams when
your hands are preoccupied.
How Does It Work?
No keyboard, no monitors or cables, just a cylindrical
shaped speaker of sorts. Echo is voice activated, always connected, Smart
(needless to say) and the best virtual assistant you could ever dream of thanks
to Alexa. While the physical device is named Echo, Alexa is the brains of the
operation that is built into a cloud (not cloud-cloud but Internet cloud).
Alexa is the virtual assistant that is always listening,
learning about its users and it updates itself automatically! This means that
the more you use Echo, the smarter it gets as it adapts specifically to your
speech patterns and preferences.
Echo can ‘hear’ you no matter how far you are from her.
Believe it or not, hidden inside Echo are seven microphones that use
beam-forming and cutting-edge noise cancelling technology to hear you. Yes,
this means that even with music playing in the background, Echo can still
‘hear’ you loud and clear!
For the music lovers, Echo has been built to deliver a clear
and stunning audio experience to its users. These dual downward positioning
speakers give a 360° directional audio to fill any room it is in with a
Did we mention that Echo is also Smart? Like Smarthome level
Smart? You are able to connect your Smarthome gadgets to Echo and command
devices to be turned on or off from the comfort of your chair! Just like how
J.A.R.V.I.S turns off Iron Man’s equipment with a simple voice
command. Echo is compatible with Belkin WeMo and Philips Hue devices like
lights and switches.
Amazon’s Echo is cylindrical in shape, measures 235mm x
83.5mm x 83.5mm and weights 1045g – Which is rather small, if you take into
consideration that this is actually an all-in-one computer and virtual
assistant! It connects to Alexa via Wi-Fi, it also packs Bluetooth connectivity
to support audio streaming from any mobile device. The Amazon Echo’s companion
mobile application is compatible with Android and iOS devices or can be
accessible via the web.
The Amazon Echo retails for US$179.99 on Amazon.com.
By Geralyne Kaye Ong / July 7, 2015 2:50PM GMT+8
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