I'm going to call it "Computer" and live out my Star Trek fantasy in peace.
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.
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.
C'mon man... I was just waiting for Eric Estrada to appear... ;-)
He's too busy right now complaining about his dented Frigidaire ovens.
Don't really see why I would pay $200 for a siri tube.
$100 if you're a prime member. I don't know what the sound quality is like but if it's good it'd be worth it just a music player.
I never use Siri because you have to press a button to activate voice control. If I have to get my phone out to press a button, why don't I just unlock my phone and find out what I want to find out?
This object doesn't require a physical action to activate voice commands. When you need to do something, it just works. Privacy implications aside, it's a lot more usable than Siri.
When the iOS device is plugin in a charger, you can just say Hey Siri... to activate it.
And for Android folks, there's a setting that allows for "Ok Google" at any time, even on the lock screen. Nifty stuff.
this is a huge step forward toward connected homes.
Most cringe-worthy product video ever
Ever seen Songsmith? That video reminded me so much of it.
Amazon is really producing a lot of neat stuff lately.
Interesting! Personally, I just think Amazon is making a lot of stupid things that would never work and have very little appeal to me.
"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.
For every 100 dumb idea comes a great one. Amazon just need to continue being innovative and that great idea will eventually spawn.
HEY! haha j/k
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.
"Alexa, can a cloud-connected electronic cylinder love a man? Because, I, er, have a confession to make. Come, sit closer."
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.
"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.
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.
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?
It's echo, not Alexa.
Alexa was just the trigger word they used in the video, which you can set to anything.
Alexa? Echo?? I'm confused :-/
Why two handlers?
Echo = brand name. Alexa = activation name the family gave it when they set up the device. Activation name is whatever YOU set it to. If you don't want to say Alexa or Echo, you could say fucker. "Fucker, what time is it?"
So that makes it the same.. Siri, Google Now, Cortana and now Alexa :P
ok guys! I get your point.
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."
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.
Here's the announcement video on YouTube. It's...kinda silly haha https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkOCeAtKHIc
Comments are disabled for this video.
Come on Amazon! Are you afraid of our comments?
Edit: Haha yeah you should be.
It's a shame they have YouTube comments off, would be nice to see what everyone thinks about that terrible video
Yes, YouTube comments always facilitate great discussion and provide such insight I can't believe they have disabled them... :P
looks like some old IBM commercial stuff
When do we get it in the UK?
I'd actually be interested if they opened up an API for it.
Someone has already parodied it!