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Amazon Introduces Echo

Category: Gadgets
Posted: 07:46AM

Amazon has just introduced Echo, a cylindrical device that acts as a personal assistant and a Bluetooth speaker. The latest device from Amazon is able to be asked to complete all sorts of tasks, such as set reminders, play music, read aloud the current news and weather, look up a variety of information, and even help solve problems. Echo is capable of listening to users after activated by a keyword, thanks to seven microphones found inside of the device that support beam-forming technology. Besides actively answering questions and setting reminders, Echo also acts as a music playback device with its built-in 2.5-inch woofer and 2-inch tweeter. Amazon Echo can stream music from the cloud, supporting services like Amazon Music, Prime Music, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn, and can also stream music from any application on a smartphone or tablet thanks to Bluetooth capabilities. Echo is constantly connected to the Internet through a home Wi-Fi network, which allows the device to include more features and services in the future as Amazon adds them.

Amazon Echo is set to cost $199 at launch, or $99 for Prime members, but is currently in an invitation mode. While invitations will be sent out in the coming weeks to interested customers, no ship date for the device has been officially released.

Source: TechHive

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