Amazon Echo: Everything you need to know

Amazon Echo Far Field Recognition

Amazon India has launched the much-anticipated Amazon Echo in India. The Amazon Echo is a hands-free digital assistant speaker controlled by voice system managed by Alexa cloud service. You just need to ask questions starting with Alexa and Amazo Echo will try to find a solution. The possibilities are endless. You can perform any task with the Echo device.

Features

Amazon Echo automatically establishes connectivity with Alexa cloud-based voice service to play music, fetch information including providing news, sports, weather and management of shopping lists. Moreover, the Amazon Echo will be able to control your smart home devices and play music through a wide range of services such as Saavn, TuneIn, and Amazon Prime Music.

It is possible to ask Alexa to control lights, switches and connected gadgets manufactured by Syska, Philips and much more. You can even request a ride from Uber or book a carpenter from Urbanclap.

Amazon Echo ships with powerful speakers and is designed in such a way to fill the room with powerful sound. It includes 360-degree omnidirectional audio and is capable of delivering crisp vocals and bass response.

The attraction of Amazon Echo is that the device is designed to hear the voice from any direction. Moreover, the unique noise cancellation capability enables you to work with it even in extreme noisy environments and while playing loud music. The Echo includes seven microphones coupled with beam-forming technology.

Working

Amazon Echo recognizes commands through your voice. Hence, you need to work with the device several times. If you work for several days, the Alexa will automatically adapt to your speech patterns and vocabulary. You just need to ask questions beginning with Alexa and the Echo will immediately respond with answers.

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Speaker system

Amazon Echo features a 2.5-inch downward-firing woofer coupled with a 0.6-inch tweeter powered by Dolby technology. The gadget is designed to deliver crisp vocals alongside dynamic bass throughout the room. You just need to ask Alexa to play music from Saavn, TuneIn or Amazon Prime Music. It is possible to search for your artist, song, genre, album etc via Alexa.

Far Field Recognition

Amazon Echo is integrated with seven microphones paired with beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation. The advantage of this technology is that you will be able to hear the generated audio from across the room even in extreme noisy environments. The Amazon Echo simply sits on your desk. If you say, Alexa, it will wake up to hear your questions.

Smart computing

It is possible to make use of Amazon Echo to manage the lighting devices. For instance, you can switch on the lights before getting out of the bed, dim the lights including changing the colors of the lights. The device is compatible with smart lights and plugs from various rands such as Philips, Syska LED, TP-Link and much more.

With Amazon Echo, it is possible to add skills such as booking a cab from ola, ordering food from Zomato, request to play music, songs, radio stations and much more.

Pricing and Availability

Amazon Echo is available in Black, Grey, and White color variants for a limited time discounted price of Rs. 6999. Moreover, you will also receive free Amazon Prime membership. If you are already a member of the Prime, your subscription will be extended to one year. The product is currently available on an invitation basis. However, Amazon is currently sending out automated invitations to select customers. Even though you can order now, the Echo will ship only on the first week of November.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and currently part of MVP Reconnect program. He is also part of the prestigious ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at admin@netans.com