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Newest Gadget - Amazon Echo

I want to share our  newest gadget.  It is called Amazon Echo. There are two options for the name, either call it Amazon,  which I think is dumb or Alexa. We choose to call it Alexa. My husband bought this new gadget.   To purchase it now, you have to request an invitation.  Prime members get a $50.00 savings. It's usually $199. This is their first version, so I am sure they will be updating it and you can also expect other companies to make their own version.

Amazon Echo is designed around your voice commands.  It's always on.  You plug it into an outlet.  Just ask Alexa for news flash, traffic, time, weather and  music, plus more.

Echo has been fine-tuned to deliver crisp vocals with dynamic bass response. Its dual downward-firing speakers produce 360° omni-directional audio to fill the room with immersive sound. Echo provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music, Prime Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Plus, Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream other popular music services like Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora from your phone or tablet.
It is 9.25 " tall x 3.27 ". 

In a previous  post, I wrote about wemo.  WeMo is a growing family of innovative, easy-to-use products that use mobile internet to control your home electronics, power, water, and Wi-Fi right from your smartphone or tablet.

Now, that we have Alexa, instead of using our desktop, phone or  ipad, we can simply say" Alexa, turn on hot water. "We have a tankless hot water heater, so it's great to turn  it off and on, instead of constantly circulating. We do the same  thing with our fountains.....simply say Alexa, turn on study fountain.

It can tell silly jokes......I mean silly! Ask Alexa a question, such as what is the current temperature.  It knows this after you set it up and add your zipcode.  You then say "Alexa" thank you.  It will say "my pleasure or you are welcome".

You can say Simon Says, then say something...... it will repeat it back. I tried it this morning....Simon Says.....Dante, quit barking and go lie down!  So very funny!

Ask Alexa -  (what does the Fox say?) 

 It will say parts of the song-Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!

You get a remote control with it too.  You can hear it from another room.  You can adjust the volume from 1-10.  You just say,  Alexa, volume 5. or Alexa, stop.  You can also interrupt it. If you are using the remote mic, there is NO need to say Alexa.

Set alarms or timers....such as Alexa, set alarm for 5:00 am.  If you are baking cookies, say, Alexa, set timer for 15 minutes or clear alarms. It is great for calculations.....Ask Alexa to add, subtract, multiply and divide.

Set up todo list, shopping lists. Link your music library on Amazon, or play Pandora or iheart radio. You can also create your own custom news flash with the categories you are interested in. such as politics, finance, sports, etc.

We are still learning  how to use the Amazon Echo. Each person in your household can have a profile......meaning you can have your own music library, example: dinner music playlist.   Sync your Google calendar, plus more.

We are starting  to feel like the Jetson Family...Remember their show  (1962–1988) So futuristic....Can you imagine how the future will be?

Below is a video of someone  using Echo to have fun....LOL
This video is a must to watch!  So funny. 

Well, have fun with it, if you choose to purchase it. Have a great week ahead... In another post, I will show you how we set up the Phillip Hue lighting and using Echo to control lights.

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  1. We have one, too! It is so cool, my little grandson loves to talk to her.
    Isn't it amazing this new technology?!

  2. That is too cool. I could have such fun with that new gadget!

  3. Linda,
    This is way cool and you have such a knack for explaining how to operate gadgets-it is that computer mind of yours. I think we are going to need to look into this device for the new home, you mentioned it turned on your tankless water heater-Oh and the Jetson family was my all time favorite show as a kid!

    Oh and still loving every detail of my new blog design thank you again!!

  4. Sounds like a fun device! It does seem like a lot of things we saw on the Jetsons cartoon are happening these days!

  5. What a device this is, Linda! I have never heard of Echo, but thanks to you, I know what it's all about. It is like the Jetsons!!

  6. funny. I want one too.

  7. Oh wow, absolutely love this, Linda. I had heard of it but don't know anyone who's got one yet. So many advantages and lots of fun, too! I think this is going on my shopping list :)
    Hope you're having a great day, WW. xoxo

  8. Do you need to synch it with a smart phone or computer or special anything? Other than wifi is anything else needed? Very cool.

  9. I've never heard of this product before, but now I want one! I have a feeling Alexa and I would share long conversations the first few days.

  10. How fun and awesome is this?! Very cool !

  11. Hi Linda, this is a great new techie toy!! Modern day Jetsons!!
    Have a great rest of the week my friend. xo

  12. AnonymousJune 23, 2015

    I want to talk to someone, I make a phone call.
    To each her own........

  13. That's exactly what I thought - the Jetsons! Wow, it is so futuristic and it is here! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Sounds amazing! I'm finding it hard to get coal for the computer now, so this will be on the agenda for discussion at the pub; but what did you do about your servants? :-) Seriously - just astonishing.


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