Everybody is known from tested and today I want to talk to you about Amazon’s new echo. that’s this guy right here last year we reviewed the Amazon echo which was more than just a fancy Bluetooth speaker it was really Amazon’s way into your household it featured a digital assistant they call Alexey.
we really love it really felt like the first step into the star trek computer an always listening computer you can tap into cloud services get some useful information and even activate things in your home connected devices and this year amazon released a new version of the echo it’s called the . and it looks like looks like frankly like the top two inches inch and a half or so of the echo just chopped off and it’s actually the most important .
Top two inches because it’s the part with the microphone array so here’s how it works actually is a speaker unto itself but has an unidirectional far-field microphone away there are seven microphones and here they are. all different directions so if i could be standing here or over there or over there, I can use up to wake up words one of the wake up words is amazon which I have programmed for the echo and when the more commonly used wake up board is alexa which then activates. the you can choose one of the other and then even if you have music and playing or someone’s talking will start listening and then you can send simple commands like for example Alexa what’s the score of the giants game right now.
At the moment the Giants are behind the Brewers for 23 at the top of the nine that’s not very good and Amazon made it a point this is their foray into artificial intelligence into the smart home to minimize that latency as much as possible it’s actually around two seconds but I’m a very decent internet connection by the time you extend your command and then get a response that does just tap into amazon services and Amazon of course own services like IMDb and they have their own shopping network you can actually connect the things you’re smart home man over the past year they’ve paired the alexa service with a ton of other third party services such as Specify Pandora came with to an end which is what i used to listen to podcast and of course a bunch of smart home services from Philips hue to smart things from Samsung and Cree and GE all those things.
If you have those devices in your home you can activate them with the echo or now the dog, the dog the big difference of course is I doesn’t have the big beefy speaker system so it is half the price it’s ninety dollars compared two hundred eighty dollars of the echo there is a speaker. But it’s not that great i would say i like actually in the past couple weeks like using this in the bedroom next to the table side. So, I can use that as an alarm clock and turn off the lights in my house, I don’t need that B sound system for the room but this won’t be good enough to play music for like a kitchen or a large living room it’s really made for home, offices and I and four bedrooms and unfortunate right Now you can only buy the Amazon echoed.
If you have an amazon echo you can order through here or if you have a fire TV and I still think nine dollars maybe is a little bit too expensive if you don’t have those smart things and Hugh light bulbs other connected devices like nest at home. if you’re just going to use it as a way to connect this to a Bluetooth speaker or plug in the audio jack into a sound system nine dollars is a lot for Amazon’s, Alexis services unless you have kids I hear kids really love asking alexa all sorts of questions math questions geography questions. But for me it’s really useful if i have it connected to a smart things and other devices in the house, so that’s the Amazon echo . there’s also another device which is just a Bluetooth speaker doesn’t have the always listening capabilities which i think is the most important part of this echo line the omnidirectional microphone array, but it’s a wonderful compliment device don’t put on both the same room because they’ll both activate when you search query or you can just set them to both have different wake up activation sounds so that’s the. And we have more technology reviews on.