Meet the Amazon Echo: a smart device that sits in your home and helps you get music, news, weather, and other useful information fast. You can control it with your voice. You can wake the device by uttering the word “Alexa”. The device has 7 microphones below its light ring that enable it to hear you from all directions even when it’s playing music.
Echo may be a physical device, but it’s brain is cloud-based. That means the device can get better in the future, especially if you use it often. Echo offers hands-free voice control for Amazon Music, Prime Music, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. It is also Bluetooth and can stream from Spotify or iTunes. The companion app runs on iOS, Android, and Fire OS. Prime members can get it for $99.