Amazon has finally started shipping the Echo, its bluetooth speaker that you can control with your voice. I love using it when I’m in the shower and can just shout out to it in the living room to change tracks. The Echo doesn’t integrate with any other smart home things right now.
The device has generated a lot of excitement, as it demonstrates the potential power of a smart home full of voice-activated devices. However, you still have to request an invite to be able to purchase the device, so very few people have been able to get their hands on it.
To help you understand the Amazon Echo and its capabilities, Mashable’s Product Analyst Raymond Wong answered user questions on our Tech Facebook page. Here are highlights from the chat.
My favorite feature is still using voice-commands to control music. It just works so well. I love using it when I’m in the shower and can just shout out to it in the living room to change tracks.
The Echo doesn’t integrate with any other smart home things right now. Emphasis on right now. It’s still a very new product and Amazon says it’s working with talented people to hopefully connect to the Echo. When that’ll be, we don’t know. But hopefully, it’s soon.
Hopefully that’s the goal. You can go to Amazon’s website here. The company is interested in working with developers, content creators, and service providers.
It’s going to be different for everyone; I personally would put it the room where hands-free controls make the most sense like the kitchen or living room. I definitely wouldn’t move this thing around from room to room. You can use the included remote if you’re too far form the Echo. Otherwise, yeah multiple Echos for multiple rooms (at least for now). Read more…