James Kendrick loves his Amazon Echo.
When Amazon unveiled the Echo last year many didn’t know quite what to make of it. A simple black cylinder that was an audio system and window into the web all wrapped up in one, and operated almost entirely by voice. Voice operation was hands-free as “Alexa” — the name used to get the AI’s attention — was always listening for your command…
One added feature that I ridiculed when it rolled out, I believe the term “goofy” was used, has turned out to be tremendous fun. Hiding in another room and having Alexa talk to my grandkids by name using the Simon Says function is a blast.
The Amazon Echo is the most used gadget in my home due to its usefulness. Playing music and asking for quick web searches has become second nature. Alexa is always ready to do what I ask, understanding every voice command without fail. It’s as if Amazon sent an invisible assistant to me that is always there, always listening just in case I need something.
Fun for $99. I call it Amazon’s Skynet seed.