Amazon has announced Echo, one of their most ambitious products to date. At it’s core, Echo is a wireless speaker controlled by your voice. However, a built in Siri or Google Play like voice assistant expands its capabilities to much more. After saying the “wake word”, you can issue out one of several commands. Echo can start and stop music, answer questions, set alarms, and more.
The Amazon Echo will sell for $199 but, for a limited time, Prime members can request an invitation to purchase the device for $99. Whether the device is a success or not, at the very least it’s a pretty good glimpse at the type of voice enhancements Amazon may include in the successor to the current Fire TV.