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Amazon Echo (amazon.com)

almost 6 years ago from , Designer & Developer

41 comments

  • Trevor HenryTrevor Henry, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    I'm going to call it "Computer" and live out my Star Trek fantasy in peace.

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    22 points
  • Account deleted almost 6 years ago

    I'm actually intrigued by this... mostly because I have a 5yo and he can ask it "Why" and "How come" a bajillion times and it'll never get worn out by it - and always answer correctly.

    That video they did is so horrid though... it's like the quality of a Spanish soap opera.

    14 points
    • Lloyd WonderLloyd Wonder, almost 6 years ago

      I had to watch that video after you compared it to a telenovela. That sir, was an insult to telenovelas. If it were over the top and dramatic then I could see it. It was just kinda cheesy.

      On another note, if the voice is that smooth real world, I am definitely intrigued. Not intrigued to buy it but I love the natural sound of it.

      0 points
  • Ryan -Ryan -, almost 6 years ago

    Most cringe-worthy product video ever

    6 points
  • Derrick SchippertDerrick Schippert, almost 6 years ago

    Don't really see why I would pay $200 for a siri tube.

    6 points
  • Peter MüllerPeter Müller, almost 6 years ago

    Amazon is really producing a lot of neat stuff lately.

    3 points
    • Zachary MorgenthalerZachary Morgenthaler, almost 6 years ago

      Interesting! Personally, I just think Amazon is making a lot of stupid things that would never work and have very little appeal to me.

      8 points
      • Jake ZienJake Zien, almost 6 years ago

        "Maybe people want to buy stuff by taking pictures of it! …No? OK, well maybe they want to shop by voice!"

        These products fail because they all come off as cloying attempts to get me to buy stuff, or to get me stuck in Amazon's ecosystem, rather than as great products in their own right. And as far as I can tell, no one is asking for new ways to buy stuff — I'm pretty sure people are perfectly happy just using the Amazon website. It's already plenty frictionless.

        1 point
      • Darth BaneDarth Bane, almost 6 years ago

        For every 100 dumb idea comes a great one. Amazon just need to continue being innovative and that great idea will eventually spawn.

        6 points
      • Joe BlauJoe Blau, almost 6 years ago

        HEY! haha j/k

        4 points
      • Keira BuiKeira Bui, almost 6 years ago

        You are not forced to buy those things if you don't like it. I think it's good that they are trying out different things, willing to experiment and not scared to fail.

        0 points
  • Charles PearsonCharles Pearson, almost 6 years ago

    "Alexa, can a cloud-connected electronic cylinder love a man? Because, I, er, have a confession to make. Come, sit closer."

    2 points
  • Drue DavisDrue Davis, almost 6 years ago

    I'm kinda imagining this to be able to order things. "I'm out of vitamins, order some." Which is what the Fire I guess was supposed to do? A design like this seems a bit more practical, if they go that direction.

    2 points
    • Jake ZienJake Zien, almost 6 years ago

      "Hook em with the cloud music; reel 'em in with 'Speak to buy' ". That's definitely where this product is going — to voice shopping, and, of course, to the top of absolutely nobody's wish lists.

      2 points
      • James Young, almost 6 years ago

        Doing a supermarket shop online is a monstrously tedious time sink at best, recently we've been using the voice function on Tesco's app to shop and it makes it a lot less hassle. I suspect this feature actually will actually be a big draw in the end.

        More than the needy looking people constantly asking it how tall a mountain is.

        1 point
  • Zulficar Ali Muhamed, almost 6 years ago

    Siri, Cortana, Google Now, and now another one in the race - Alexa.

    The most intriguing thing I found is that, the website is not clearly telling what the product is about in a first look. I had to read the entire list of points and paragraphs to finally understand its a voice assistant and not just another wireless speaker.

    As if all these are not enough, I saw a the app running on a device, which I rarely see around - The Fire Phone. When Amazon itself agrees that its flawed.

    After all, when you have all these voice command features on your iPhones and Androids, why waste space in your room for another cylinder?

    What is the problem which this device solves?

    1 point
  • Brad McNallyBrad McNally, almost 6 years ago

    Someone has already parodied it!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GijLoiVkmYI

    0 points
  • Ivan VásquezIvan Vásquez, almost 6 years ago

    I'd actually be interested if they opened up an API for it.

    0 points
  • Robert BusbyRobert Busby, almost 6 years ago

    When do we get it in the UK?

    0 points
  • Gilles BertauxGilles Bertaux, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    Dustin Curtis' blog post offers an interesting point of view:

    "They make a product, they market the product on Amazon.com, they sell the product to Amazon.com customers, they get a false sense of success, the customer puts the product in a drawer and never uses it, and then Amazon moves on to the next product."

    http://dcurt.is/amazon-has-no-taste

    I do agree with the "false sense of success" analysis, but I am not sure every Amazon's hardware is a piece of junk. Kindle seems to have reached its target consumers and I am pretty sure that among all the connected home aficionados some will enjoy Echo.

    0 points
  • Chris HorakChris Horak, almost 6 years ago

    It's a shame they have YouTube comments off, would be nice to see what everyone thinks about that terrible video

    0 points
  • Cihad TurhanCihad Turhan, almost 6 years ago

    Any demonstration?

    0 points