November 15, 2017

Amazon's Fleet of Echo Products is Scary Powerful

It all started in what looked like a nonchalant experiment, when Amazon introduced an innocent little speaker for your home in mid-2015.  Three years later, we are met with a huge fleet of Echo devices ranging from speakers, to cameras to smart displays.  At first, I was going to make an attempt to do a write up o cover each device, that is when I realized the folks at Pocket-Lint has already done a solid job here.

What I wanted to talk about is this realization that Amazon has TOTALLY submersed itself into every corner of your house.  We kind of saw this coming, from the original Amazon Dash buttons and FireStick TV modules which are their first attempt to get in front of your day-to-day.  With these new Echo products, they can now have "eyes" and "ears" in every room.  On the flip side, its is extremely incredible on how they are able to pull this off by offering you top-notch technology/service in exchange for you to voluntarily invite their Echo products into your home. 

The new Echo Spot and Echo Show can be a real game changer, you can roam from room-to-room and get news, audio, video conference needs as if you are in some sort of sci-fi flick where everyroom has an interactive intercom.  The new Cloud Cam provides security and the original Echo speakers offer high fidelity audio streamed into every room at your next party.  The most crazy one has to be the Echo Look, at first I thought it was a prank but it wasn't; this device looks at your outfit and gives you fashion advice. 

The craziest part of all this is that Amazon seems to roll these things out with so much ease it makes dedicated smart appliance or hardware makers look likey they have been standing still.  On top of all that, their Alexa system are really open to compatibility working with various systems like Zigbee, Philips Hue, Sonos, Wemo, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, EcoBee, Insteon, tp link,

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