Amazon Echo

In 2014, Amazon introduced Echo, a new category of device designed around your voice. It is hands-free and always on—you can ask Echo for information, music, news, sports scores, and weather from across the room and get results or answers instantly. Echo leverages Amazon Web Services to continue to learn and add functionality over time.

Tucked under Echo's light ring are seven microphones. These sensors use beam-forming technology to hear you from any direction, even when Echo is playing music. Echo uses on-device keyword spotting to detect the wake word. When Echo detects the wake word, it lights up and streams audio to the cloud, using AWS to recognize and respond to your request.

Echo delivers crisp vocals with dynamic bass response. Its dual downward-firing speakers produce 360 degree audio to fill the room with immersive sound. Echo provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music, Prime Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn.

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Highlights

"Dear World - Amazon Echo is freaking amazing. <3" -@psomom

Echo can be used for information, music, news, sports scores, and weather from across the room—getting results or answers instantly.

Amazon has released a limited preview of the Alexa SDK to enable developers, content creators, and service providers to build apps and experiences for Echo.

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