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10 things I'd like to be able to do with Amazon's Echo


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What is Echo? I don't know let's find out.

 

Read this, it has pictures: http://www.zdnet.com/pictures/amazon-echo-review-a-perfect-10/

 

Then this: http://www.zdnet.com/article/amazon-echo-update-adds-pandora-itunes-and-spotify-voice-control/ with more pictures.

 

Then this.

 

Excerpt:

 

"As soon as Amazon announced the Echo -- the device that's part Bluetooth speaker, part Jetson's robot, and part NSA front end (kidding!) -- I wanted one. I've been doing a lot of experimentation with speech control, and I've been very curious about what could be done with the Echo.

 

adly, I only recently got an invitation to purchase the product, and Amazon won't promise anything sooner than May or June, so I can only speculate. On the other hand, my ZDNet buddy James Kendrick is one of the anointed few who has one, and his Echo has even had a feature upgrade. James said his Echo responds to the name Alexa.

 

Seriously, we have two Amazon Prime accounts and even buy toilet paper through Amazon. And yet, I still don't have an Echo. I didn't even get an invite until three months after the announcement. I'm not bitter (I'm really not), but I would like to get my hands on the thing.

 

In any case, James recently reported that the Echo now permits streaming of Pandora, iTunes, and Spotify. This was one of the many things I thought I'd like to do with my Echo, should I ever be granted the exalted privilege of buying one.

 

There are a lot of other things I'd like to do with the Echo. While James tells me none of these things are possible "out of the box", there may be some hacking opportunities. I'd like to turn the Echo into more of a Self-Actuated Residential Automated Habitat. As long as my Alexa doesn't develop a crush on Deputy Andy, I think we'll be good."

 

He goes on to list the ten things in the article here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/10-things-id-like-to-be-able-to-do-with-amazons-echo/?tag=nl.e539&s_cid=e539&ttag=e539&ftag=TRE17cfd61

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