Built around the voice of the user, Amazon Echo will start today to be available in over 3,000 stores around the US in time for the holiday shopping frenzy; and customers can visit The Home Depot, Staples, Sears, Brookstone, RadioShack, Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son, and other reputable retailers to experience and purchase Echo.
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Retailing for only $179.99 at Amazon.com, the product was built by Alexa and is fast, always ready, and connected to service the requests of the user.
You only need to ask for news, weather, music, information or any other thing and you obtain a response instantly, and it does not matter if you speak from across the room while another radio is playing because Echo will still hear and obey your commands.
“Amazon Echo is a must-have gift this holiday season, and we’re excited to work with retailers across the country to make Echo available to their customers,” said Greg Hart, Vice President, Amazon Echo and Alexa Voice Services. “Using only your voice to play music, control your lights, and ask questions is magical, so it’s great that people will be able to visit local stores and try it for themselves.”
And Jeff Epstein, Merchandising Vice President at The Home Depot added that that Amazon came out with the device in response to what consumers are asking for, stating that Amazon Echo is a smart device that enables users to use connected home device easy and fun. “Echo, paired with smart lighting devices, is an excellent gift for this holiday season.”
“Staples.com launched Amazon Echo several months ago and the product has been well received by our customers,” said Eric Cayton, VP Technology at Staples. “We are excited to continue to work with Amazon to offer Echo in select Staples retail stores and on Staples.com during the holiday season.”
Tom Via, CEO, Brookstone, disclosed that his company is thrilled to have Amazon Echo in their stores this holiday season, and that “Our goal is to give customers the opportunity to see and try out the best in new technology and gifts, and Echo is a great fit for them.”
A hands-free device with seven microphones and a beam-forming capability, Amazon Echo is built in the cloud and provides the user with a voice control to access Wikipedia, the internet, weather, news, and a lot of other functionalities.
If you desire to listen to music on Amazon Echo, you can easily access Amazon Music, Prime Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, and TuneIn using only your voice, from across the room. Just speak the word and Alexa will play your desired song, station, playlist, or genre; and you can even skip tracks or pause the music by just speaking; not to forget that Spotify and iTunes can be streamed on the device through your tablet and phone.
When connected with home appliances, Amazon Echo can switch on the heater or fan or dim the light by the voice command, and then it is fully integrated with Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, WeMo, Insteon, and Wink products, among others.
Anyone can use Amazon Echo with Yelp to search local businesses and stores; and you can use it to listen to audiobooks and Whispersync for Voice or just to read on Kindle. Do not also forget that with a voice prompt, you can access Google calenders with Echo, while also using it for sports scores, traffic situations, customized news, and a host of other great things.
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