Introducing Amazon Echo
When it first arrived from Amazon, I didn’t know what it was. What is it You’ll see. Is it for me It’s for everyone. It’s called Amazon Echo. How’s it going I’m just finishing up right now. Is it on Oh, it’s always on. Can it hear me right now Nope, it only hears you when you use the wake word we chose, Alexa. Well, what does it do Alexa, what do you do I can play music, answer questions, get the news and weather, create to do lists, and much more.
Awesome! Alexa, play rock music. Rock music. rock music starts Alexa, stop. rock music stops Wait, I want to try. Alexa, what time is it The time is 327. You actually don’t have to yell it, ok, it uses farfield technology so it can hear you from anywhere in the room. So it can just hear you anywhere Yes, well everyone can hear you anyway. Oh, is that where we are going to put it I was thinking of putting it there, but it works anywhere. Echo is pretty neat because it knows all sorts of things, all you have to do is ask.
Alexa, how tall is Mt. Everest Mt. Everest’s height is twenty nine thousand and twenty nine feet, eight thousand eight hundred and fortyeight meters. How can it know so much, it’s so small It updates using the cloud, that’s also how it gets its answers. You just read that off the boxtop. shrugs Dad really likes that Echo just plugs in so we never have to charge it. Plus, Echo is really good at keeping track of things like shopping and todo lists. Alexa, add wrapping paper to the shopping list.
I’ve put wrapping paper on your shopping list. Alexa, how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon One tablespoon equals three teaspoons. Oh, ok. Alexa, set a timer for 8 minutes. Eight minutes starting now. Dad’s not a morning person, but Echo definitely helps him wake up. alarm making noise Alexa, alarm off. alarm stops You gotta get up. Mmm, it’s Saturday. Alexa, what day is it Today is Thursday, November 13. Up. I’m up, I’m up. Alexa, give me my Flash News Briefing. Here’s your Flash Briefing from NPR news in Washington, I’m Lakshmi Singh.
Mom, what did the dog say after a long day of work What Today was rough. laughs Get it, get it Yeah, I get it. laughing Another one. Alexa, tell me another joke. I was wondering why the baseball was getting bigger, and then it hit me. laughing Sometimes Echo helps out when you least expect it. Hey Dad, how do you spell cantaloupe Ah, Cantaloupe, C A N T Alexa, how do you spell cantaloupe Cantaloupe is spelled C A N T A L O U P E. Good job.