I’ve never heard of the Amazon Echo until today. I’m actually dumbfounded that this is the case because the Amazon Echo seems absolutely astounding. It truly seems to be a technological marvel. This is a letter from the Founder and CEO!

Dear Customers,

Today, we are excited to announce that Amazon Echo is available to everyone.

We launched Echo as an invitation-only program in November to learn how customers would use and enjoy it most. The response has been overwhelming.

Amazon Echo

Echo was born from a simple idea: create a computer, controlled entirely by your voice. This idea required some incredible invention. It had to understand natural language requests, from many voices, from across a room, even when music is playing. It also needed to be informative, entertaining, and useful—while always getting smarter.

With seven microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo achieved this goal by enabling far-field voice recognition. And Alexa, our cloud-based voice service that powers Echo, provides information, music, news, weather, and more—and she is constantly learning new skills.

Since launch, we have added streaming music from Pandora, audiobooks from Audible, calendar access, live sports scores and schedules, traffic reports, Amazon.com re-ordering, control of connected devices such as lights and switches from WeMo and Philips Hue, and more. Many of these features are a result of feedback and suggestions from our customers—thank you.

I am excited by what the team has done in a short period of time with your help—and we’re just getting started. We hope you enjoy  Amazon Echo

.

Jeff Bezos
Founder & CEO

You have to admit it sounds bloody amazing! It would make the perfect gift for almost any occasion. I’m sure that most people would love the Amazon Echo for a gift. Especially those who are handicapped in some way. Reading some of the reviews a wife got one for her wheel chair bound husband. She loves that its given him back some of independence.

I’m sure it would also be great for the visually impaired as well! Here are just some of the things the Amazon Echo can do.

Just ask

Echo is always ready, connected, and fast. Just say the wake word, “Alexa,” for:

NEW – Audible: Play audiobooks from Audible with Echo. Plus, Echo supports Whispersync for Voice to continue right where you left off.

NEW – Calendars: Check your upcoming schedule by asking what’s on your Google calendar.

NEW – Shopping: Restock on previously purchased items by re-ordering Prime-eligible products in your Amazon shopping history.

NEW – Connected home: Control compatible WeMo and Philips Hue devices with your voice.

NEW – Traffic: Hear commute time and the fastest route to your destination.

NEW – Sports: Ask for sports scores and schedules from the NFL, NBA, MLS, MLB, and more.

NEW – Pandora: Listen to and discover music from Pandora’s library of over 1 million tracks.

Music: Listen to your Amazon Music Library, Prime Music, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio.

News, weather, and information: Hear up-to-the-minute weather and news from a variety of sources, including local radio stations, NPR, and ESPN from TuneIn.

Questions and answers: Get information from Wikipedia, definitions, answers to common questions, and more.

Alarms, timers, and lists: Stay on time and organized with voice-controlled alarms, timers, shopping lists, and to-do lists.

More coming soon: Echo automatically updates through the cloud with new services and features.

As usual I have incorporated the following information below straight from the Amazon site so you don’t have to leave this post. But believe me when I tell you it looks so much better if you check out the Amazon Echo at Amazon.

Introducing The Amazon Echo

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Product Description

Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's hands-free and always on. With seven microphones and beam-forming technology, Echo can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound. Echo connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service, to provide information, answer questions, play music, read the news, check sports scores or the weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask. Echo begins working as soon as it detects the wake word. You can pick Alexa or Amazon as your wake word. Far-field voice recognition Always be heard Tucked under the light ring on Echo is an array of seven microphones. These sensors use beam-forming technology to hear you from any direction. With enhanced noise cancellation, Echo can hear you ask a question even while it's playing music. ...just ask 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, where we leverage the Alexa Voice Service to recognize and respond to your request. Always getting smarter Ever-evolving Alexa—the brain behind Echo—is built in the cloud, so it is always getting smarter. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. And because Echo is always connected, updates are delivered automatically. ...and adding new skills We are always adding new capabilities to Echo. Recently, we've added streaming music from Pandora, audiobooks from Audible, Google Calendar access, live sports scores and schedules, traffic reports, Amazon.com re-ordering, control of connected devices with WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, Wink, and more. Advanced audio design 360° immersive sound Echo has been fine-tuned to deliver crisp vocals with dynamic bass response. Its dual downward-firing speakers produce 360° omni-directional audio to fill the room with immersive sound. ...for all of your music Echo provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music, Prime Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Plus, Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream other popular music services like Spotify and iTunes from your phone or tablet. Connected Home Don't lift a finger Use Echo to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn on the fan or space heater while reading in your favorite chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie—all without lifting a finger...or even raising your voice. ...to control your home Echo works with devices such as lights and switches from Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, and Wink. Starter kits are available for easy setup. Alexa App Echo doesn't stop working when you're away from home. With the free companion app on Fire OS, Android, iOS, and desktop browsers, you can easily manage your alarms, music, shopping lists, and more. Key Features Easy setup Connect to your home network with a simple setup, guided by the free companion app on Fire OS, Android, iOS, and desktop browsers. Just ask Echo is always ready, connected, and fast. Just say the wake word, "Alexa," for: NEW—Audible: Play audiobooks from Audible with Echo. Plus, Echo supports Whispersync for Voice to continue right where you left off. NEW—Calendars: Check your upcoming schedule by asking what's on your Google calendar. NEW—Shopping: Restock on previously purchased items by re-ordering Prime-eligible products in your Amazon shopping history. NEW—Connected home: Control compatible WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, and Wink devices with your voice. NEW—Traffic: Hear commute time and the fastest route to your destination. NEW—Sports: Ask for sports scores and schedules from the NFL, NBA, MLS, MLB, and more. NEW—Pandora: Listen to and discover music from Pandora's library of over 1 million tracks. Music: Listen to your Amazon Music Library, Prime Music, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio. News, weather, and information: Hear up-to-the-minute weather and news from a variety of sources, including local radio stations, NPR, and ESPN from TuneIn. Questions and answers: Get information from Wikipedia, definitions, answers to common questions, and more. Alarms, timers, and lists: Stay on time and organized with voice-controlled alarms, timers, shopping lists, and to-do lists. More coming soon: Echo automatically updates through the cloud with new services and features.

Details

  • Information, music, audiobooks, news, weather, traffic, sports, and more--instantly
  • Controlled by your voice for hands-free convenience
  • Far-field voice recognition hears you from across the room
  • Connected to the cloud so it's always getting smarter
  • 360º omni-directional audio to fill the room with immersive sound
  • Compatible with select Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, and Wink connected devices to control lights and switches with your voice
  • Plays music from Amazon Music, Prime Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more

How To Buy The Perfect Gift

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What Gift To Buy?

If you want to know how to buy the perfect gift for someone there are a few things you should keep in mind. As the Gifts Guru I am going to outline the most important things you should consider when deciding what gift to buy for your brother, sister, mother, father, wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend or even for your boss. Did I get them all. Shit, even if I didn’t I’m sure you got the idea.  ;)

Don’t worry, as this is going to be an important and integral post for buying the right gift I’ll be linking to it in the side bar. This way you will be able to find it easily whenever you drop in to get an idea on how to choose the best gift. It doesn’t matter what the occasion, whether it’s a birthday, christening a special occasion or just something to say I love you. Something else to consider is I’m using a blogging platform which means you’ll be able to interact not just with myself but with the whole gift giving community. But enough of the waffling, lets get to those important tips on how to buy the perfect gift.

Tips On How To Buy The Perfect Gift

  • Shop For Them And Not For Yourself: The biggest mistake people make when buying gifts is they tend to choose something that they personally like with the assumption that the person they’re buying the gift for will like it as well. While you may hit it lucky on the rare occasion you’ll usually strike out using this technique. If you’re prone to this type of gift giving read the next tip very carefully. Read the rest of this entry