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Amazon Echo is like Apple's Siri in a speaker, costs $199

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Amazon today quietly announced a new hardware project. It s called Amazon Echo, and it s a voice-activated smart wireless speaker. Priced at $199, the Amazon Echo provides users with information like news or weather conditions, as well as let them set alarm, and play songs users want to listen to. Also Read - Amazon Prime Day sale: Best deals on headphones, speakers, powerbanks under Rs 1000

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Much like digital assistants Siri, Google Now, and Cortana, Echo uses a hotword to trigger commands. Users have to say Alexa followed by a question they want Echo’s assistance with, and their queries will be answered without pressing any button on the remote controller. Also Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42

Inside the cylindrical structure is a 2-inch tweeter, and a 2.5-inch woofer for music and speech. There are also seven microphones mounted on the tip that enable the Echo to understand even your soft spoken commands. The company says that Echo is so sophisticated that it will understand your queries even when you re playing music.

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The Amazon Echo will keep users updated with news, and weather information from a variety of sources including local radio stations, ESPN, and NPR thanks to its TuneIn integration. Users will also be able to play songs from their Amazon Music Library, Prime Music, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio. It also allows Bluetooth streaming for anything you want to listen to. One can also set alarms, timers and other reminders on Echo.

But Amazon claims that the device is capable of doing much more than that. A user can also ask Echo general questions, and the device will look into Wikipedia, and other places to answer those questions. It will automatically update through the cloud and add the new features and improvements.

The company has released an Echo app for Fire OS, and Android, as well as desktop and iOS browsers that will allow users to remote control the Echo. There s a physical remote controller too which can also be used to mute the microphone and action buttons. The device also come with LED lights running in a ring on top which as Amazon says helps the device communicate.

The Amazon Echo is priced at $199 and available on an invite-only system. If you have a Primse subscription, you can grab the device for $99.

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  • Published Date: November 6, 2014 11:31 PM IST



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