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Amazon Echo Is Listening

Voice recognition/voice interaction is shaping up to bring a whole new slew of gizmos and gadgets into our homes. If you set aside security and privacy issues for a moment, the whole subject is fascinating and rather cool. I have the feeling many of us will ultimately not really care about the possible privacy issues anyway, as we seem to be becoming numb to that as time goes on.

One striking newer example of an interactive home device is the Amazon Echo, which features a very human-sounding voice. The are plenty of voice activated aspects to many current devices, such as the XBox One, Apple's Siri personal assistant, among others. Echo is a living room device, and gives the impression of being a real step towards the viability of the sort of computerized home concept usually found in science fiction tales. 

The thing about devices of this kind is that the box (or smartphone or game console) you look at is only a portal to the server that runs the magic behind the scenes, so in that sense it's always current and the software is up to date.
Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's always on—just ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. Echo begins working as soon as it detects the wake word. You can pick Alexa or Amazon as your wake word. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound.

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