Amazon's newest hardware product is a speaker called Echo. It's been made to connect to Amazon's cloud services so it can listen and respond to voice commands on a variety of topics and services. At the moment, you have to request an invitation to purchase the Amazon Echo, which has a price of $199, or just $100 for Amazon Prime members.
The cylindrical speaker is 9.25 inches tall and is 3.27 inches wide. It has seven microphones inside that allow it to hear a voice command from any direction. It also connects, via WiFi, to Amazon Web Services so it can provide its owners with requested information and services.
- News, weather, and information: Hear up-to-the-minute weather and news from a variety of sources, including local radio stations, NPR, and ESPN from TuneIn.
- Music: Listen to your Amazon Music Library, Prime Music, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio.
- Alarms, timers, and lists: Stay on time and organized with voice-controlled alarms, timers, shopping and to-do lists.
- Questions and answers: Get information from Wikipedia, definitions, answers to common questions, and more.
- More coming soon: Echo automatically updates through the cloud with new services and features.
Amazon will also release a companion app for Android and Fire OS devices to help manage things like "alarms, music, shopping lists, and more." Would you use a stand alone speaker to get updates on the news and weather?