The Amazon Echo

Amazon has updated their landing page to showcase a letter from, CEO and Founder, Jeff Bezos. This letter’s goal is to inform shoppers that the Amazon Echo is now open to anyone, not just those with invitations to buy one.

[blockquote author=”Jeff Bezos”]Echo was born from a simple idea: create a computer, controlled entirely by your voice.[/blockquote]

The Amazon Echo is a computer controlled entirely by voice commands. It is able “to understand language requests, from many voices, from across a room, even when music is playing.” In order to accomplish this, the device has seven microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation, which come together to provide far-field voice recognition.

Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice service powering Echo, provides information, music, news, weather, and so forth. Since its debut in November, the company has added support for Pandora, Audible audiobooks, calendar access, live sports scores and schedules, traffic reports, re-ordering, and control of connected devices like WeMo and Philips Hue’s lights and switches.

Bezos adds that many of these additional features were the result of feedback and suggestions from customers who were invited to test the device. With that in mind, Amazon will most likely add even more features and integrate more services now that the Echo can be purchased by anyone.

[blockquote author=”Jeff Bezos”]I am excited by what the team has done in a short period of time with your help—and we’re just getting started. We hope you enjoy Amazon Echo.[/blockquote]

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