Amazon Echo Review: One Smart Speaker

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Gerry Allen

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Our Echo, purchased in late 2014, is now indispensable. Lights, power outlets, math problems, weather, sports, news summaries...all controlled by voice. I cannot cook without Echo, since it is a hands-free timer and alarm clock. It also performs unit conversions of various kinds like metric to Imperial and C to F.
Oh, it is our go to music player as well.
We see it as a personal assistant (calendar, purchasing, to-do and shopping lists) first, and a Bluetooth speaker as a bonus.
 

pauljuno

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You know you're old when....
I was scrolling through the article and noticed the caption under all the videos and it almost read like a pet rock!
 

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What's missing if I' reading this right is the ability to make a call. As an EMS member in an aging community we often get calls from people who have fallen and can't get up. Sometimes, rare, but for days. Being able to make a 911 call by voice alone is worth the price by itself. Everything else is gravy.
 

Bill_27

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This is the only review I found that has gave a decibel rating to the speaker and at 90 decibels hearing loss starts.
That is very impressive for a unit of that size and the fact it is voice operated just sealed the deal on me buying one.
 

bukzin

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Have a look at the extended possibilities with the Echo at the users forum

echotalk.org


Also, if you want to control lights, door locks, security systems etc look at wiki.winkathome.net
 
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