This is Amazon Echo, one of Amazon’s Alexa product line up.
And this is Amazon Dot, Alexa’s another product line up.
Alexa is an intelligent personal assistant developed by Amazon, made popular by the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Echo Dot devices developed by Amazon Lab126. It is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, and other real time information, such as news.
In the home automation space, Alexa can interact with devices from Philips Hue, SmartThings, Wink etc to control lighting of the home.
Take-out food can be ordered using Alexa; as of May 2017 food ordering using Alexa is supported by Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and few other food chains.
Messaging & Email:
Messages can be sent through multiple ways from Alexa’s application. Alexa is able to deliver messages to a recipient’s Alexa application, as well as to all of their Echo devices that are both supported and associated with their Amazon account. Alexa is able to send typed messages only from Alexa’s app. If one sends a message from an associated Echo device, it will be sent as a voice message but Alexa cannot send attachments including videos and photos.
It could easy stream across various music streaming platforms like Prime Music, Amazon Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Audible, Pandora, and Spotify Premium. To do this, Alexa’s device should be linked to the Amazon account. Up to 250 songs can be uploaded free of charge.
Alexa allows you to hear updates on your supported sports teams. You could hear updates on up to 15 supported teams.
Alexa can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation system. Most devices with Alexa allow users to activate the device using a wake-word (such as Echo), other devices (such as the Amazon app on iOS or Android) require the user to push a button to activate Alexa’s listening mode.
Introduction of Alexa to normal public is starting of new era pivoting towards artificial intelligence.
As of today, Amazon Echo has the best experience in US. They should be planning to launch the service in other countries.
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