Amazon Echo: Oh Alexa, Where art thou?

Sometimes you’ve gotta have something not because you need it but just because you want it.  You have to have it to make your life complete!

Amazon Echo is one of those must haves!

It has nothing to do with setting up your office or because it’s necessary to your work but because I think it’s the coolest thing EVER!   I use Siri on my phone and I love to “just ask!”

So when I saw Amazon Echo,  and met Alexa, it was love!  Sorry, Siri.

I  wrote a draft of this the other day and left it to sit and “stew” so I could proof it later.  And whaddaya know?  John Patrick Pullen  of Time Inc (an online offshoot of Time Magazine) beat me to it!  Really!

See that’s how cool Amazon Echo is!

Looks like a speaker, so what’s the big deal, you ask?

Amazon Echo is a hands-free, voice controlled music player.

AND Home Automation Controller.

AND Personal Assistant.  She has 7 microphones so she can hear you from across the room even if she is playing music (and she is really good at playing music! (from Prime, Spotify, Pandora, IHeartRadio, ITunes  — you name it!) Probably can hear you even if you are in the next room, if you speak up!

Echo aka Alexa is your personal assistant.  She connects to a cloud-based voice service so she can answer your questions: read the news or just the headlines if that’s what you want; check sports scores;  the weather; the traffic for your commute or  find something for you on Wikipedia – instantly – all you have to do is ask!

“Alexa?”  (wake-up word) “what is the weather like in London today?”   or “Please read the news;” or “play Mumford and Sons”; or “add paper towels to the shopping list”  or remind me to put my city sticker on the windshield before I get a ticket!

She can update your grocery list or your Google calendar.  She can remind you of what’s on your Google calendar. You can say “Alexa dear, what’s going on today?” and she’ll tell you!  “Nothing Patt. Your day is wide open.”  Ok, so that’s a lie.  I clearly don’t tell Alexa everything but anyway …

She can find a store for you, read you the reviews from Yelp.

Oh and did I say she can shop?  If your an Amazon Prime member, she can order and ship stuff to you – easy breezy – although I think I will pass on that until Alexa can go out and work for me too.  I’m sure that won’t be long now!

She can order a pizza,  tell you what movies are playing at what time and can order an Uber.

Or even … get this …   Oh Alexa!  “dim the lights;”  “turn on the fan;”  “turn the lights on so I don’t stub my toe in the dark!”  Yep.  She’s  compatible with several Smart Home Automation programs.

And when you’re all done for the day, Alexa will even read you a story.  (Currently reads Audiobooks and Kindle)  She can’t tuck you in.  Yet!

Alexa, wake me up at 5:30 a.m.

Alexa plays soothing music and looks every bit like a smooth, sleek music player but is ready at any given moment to read out those Blackhawk’s score or the ingredients to a good guacamole or where the good movies are playing and what time! Just ask.
Alexa continues to improve and get smarter as new skills are added all the time.  New apps are added and will be added to your Echo too.  You won’t have to buy a new one next year!  It sure beats thumbing through the phone wondering what that app was again and where did it go!

Amazon Echo

She can even check your math problems!

Ha!  Next time someone asks you one of those math problems like “if a pig was flying at 30 mph and the house was 60 ft tall, how many people would cross the Golden Gate bridge at 10 p.m.?”  you can say, just a second …  “Hey Alexa!” and I’d bet she’d have just the answer!

If you want to check out, John Patrick Pullen’s post on Time Inc. Network, you can find it here!

The Ultimate Guide to the Amazon Echo

I’m sure Amazon Echo / Alexa will fit right into your home office and become your right hand assistant!

 

Patt Timlin is a marketing expert set on sharing her expertise with other online marketers to help them achieve the dream of working online. She is secretly pleased with the surge in content marketing as revenge of the English majors! Entrepreneur, blogger, guide, helper – Patt loves the online world and loves to share it!

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12 thoughts on “Amazon Echo: Oh Alexa, Where art thou?

  1. Sunny says:

    Wow, I’ve actually never even heard of this thing before!
    And I thought Siri was ahead of the game. This sounds really awesome. Everything you need just in the one speaker – plus it looks really stylish.
    Do you know how it copes with accents? My wife is Scottish and has trouble with these kinds of things. Siri cant understand a word she says…
    Thanks, Sunny

    1. Patt Timlin says:

      Siri has trouble with my Midwestern US accent sometimes. The Chicago “a” seems to get her but I have learned to speak more clearly to her. My husband is from London and my Siri can’t understand him but his does. We just have to talk to these gadgets more until they get used to us. (And don’t teach them any swear words!) Echo is good at recognizing different voices and does pretty good with accents according to customer reviews. Echo gets smarter as you use her so she’ll get used to our accents.

  2. Jess says:

    Wow! Great review on the Amazon Echo, I am expecting it to stand up and dance for me next. This really sounds so futuristic and really so cool!

    I have seen television commercials about Alexa but didn’t know that it could do this much. I really want one now! My birthday isn’t until this summer, but maybe if I start dropping hints now my boyfriend will get the hint by then 😉

    Jess

    1. Patt Timlin says:

      Hi Jess, ooh birthday hints. Since we’re talking about the wonders of technology, you’ve heard about re-targeting, right? That’s where you go onto Kohls to look at towels and then for the next week, every page you go on (your FB, your email, your news) has the dang towels on the side of your page. So use your boyfriends computer and look up Amazon Echo. Then every day it will appear on the side of HIS pages. You casually mention this cool thing you saw and how you liked it and it keeps turning up on HIS page! Like magic! This theory works well! I’ve tried it. Thanks for stopping buy. Oh and Echo has over 200 apps currently. Maybe it does dance!

  3. Ashley says:

    Wow, you definitely made me really curious to try Amazon Echo! Though I’m not a very huge fan of this stuff, the world is becoming more and more modern, so I really wanna keep up 🙂 I’ve used Siri several times and I quite liked it, especially after I got used to it, so Alexa sounds even better! After its name I guess you can only get it from Amazon,right?

    1. Patt says:

      Ashley, back in November they said “available to purchase at many more retail store locations in the US. Amazon revealed today that the Echo will be sold at select locations from The Home Depot, Staples, Sears, Brookstone, RadioShack, Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son, and more stores.” If you don’t want to go to Amazon, check your local retailers. Amazon might have the best deal though 🙂

  4. Von says:

    I LOVE Amazon Echo! It now picked up new skills like ordering pizza from Dominos. It controls your lights and temperature at home. This is the coolest thing ever. And it is still learning some new things. I suggest getting Prime accounts to make the most out of it! Thanks Patt for sharing this!

    1. Patt Timlin says:

      Thanks Von! I agree. Prime is the way to go. Get your Echo even quicker! Echo has 200 some apps right now and keeps adding more. Who knows what it will be up to by the end of the year! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. William says:

    Thank you for the in depth review on the Amazon Echo. I’ve never heard of this, it seems to be a pretty cool little gadget. It is to bad it can’t work for you… YET! LOL This looks to be a great gift idea. Thanks for sharing Patt.

    1. Patt Timlin says:

      Thanks for commenting William. I agree that it would be an excellent gift! It’s getting better all the time. It wasn’t ordering pizza’s or Ubers 6 months ago. Who knows what it will be doing by Christmas!

  6. Evgeniya says:

    Wow, what a nice and smart device! Never heard about it before. You really don’t need to hire an assistant as the Amazon Echo will do everything for you. The only thing I just didn’t get – if I need to have wifi connection to make it work?

    1. Patt Timlin says:

      Hi Evgeniya, yes sorry that wasn’t clear. It works on wi-fi and cloud based apps. Some people say that they used it with just the Bluetooth to play music but I don’t know. I’m pretty sure without wi-fi, Echo will be quiet!

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