- February 14, 2019
- Posted by: suma
- Category: Alexa Skills
The Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more – instantly. Echo can read out the daily news for you or fetch the traffic report, which is pretty handy features before heading out for work. The best part about the Echo is that it is constantly evolving and being updated – so you can definitely expect more from it as time goes by. It’s pretty cool to note that Amazon is constantly searching for newer platforms to integrate with the Echo and deliver more functionality at home.
What Amazon Echo can do for you-
- Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing.
- Allows hands-free convenience with voice control.
- Plays all your music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn.
- The Echo comes with the optional remote control to control the volume or speak commands. It works well from a good distance at 20-30 ft. You can get the remote control here.
- Great tool for handicapped persons, such as making doctor appointments, telling the time, inputting schedules, making phone calls and fetching the weather report.
- Voice training feature allows the Echo to easily recognize different voices specific to each of your family members. The voice recognition system is unbelievably quick, accurate, and responsive.
- The Echo is essentially an intelligent Bluetooth speaker, filling the room with immersive, 360 Omni-directional audio. The speaker does sound great with music and gets pretty loud. That said, this is really not where the Echo really shines and you should opt for a higher grade audiophile speaker if your sole purpose is to play music indoors.
- Answers questions, read audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, all using the Alexa Voice Service.
- Ability to control lights, switches, and thermostats.
- Constantly getting smarter and adding new features and skills – over 100 have been added since launch, including ordering Domino pizzas and booking Uber services.
- The Bluetooth pairing is flawless – just say “Alexa pair Bluetooth”, and you’ll be connected in 30 seconds.
- The Echo finds and plays your favorite music, although you might have to set up your playlists with some extra configuration.
- Shopping list function allows you to add stuff to your shopping list on the go.
- The Echo allows you to start and stop timers and alarms. Simply say “Alexa set alarm for 7:30 am” or “Alexa set a timer for 15 minutes”. This function is particularly useful when cooking in the kitchen when you have to juggle the kids at the time same time.
- You can pause, stop, skip and start music with your voice and it works really well. You can also control the volume with your voice.
- The Echo is very good at factual questions, such as “How heavy is one teaspoon of sugar?”, or “How much does an elephant weigh”, and it will deliver the answer in seconds. It can also do the math.
- The Echo tells jokes, although some of them aren’t very good.
- No monthly costs or subscription costs.
- Fetch weather reports, prepare shopping lists, answers basic factual questions, stream audio music or book pizza or a cab.
Amazon has proven they are committed to the Echo by frequently pushing free updates to it so it will definitely become more useful as time goes on. You can expect more integration with app platforms (the latest with Uber) and ordering services. The latest integration with Domino pizza ordering services is a nice added touch. Sure, the Echo might have some quirks and negatives, but at the end of the day, the Echo strives to be better – and for those who need the added functionality (or novelty) in their home, the Echo will definitely come as a handy option.