Alexa is Amazon's virtual assistant, like
for the Siri , but Alexa is built into smart devices like the iPhone and the Amazon Echo . There are seven different Amazon Echo Show available today. Amazon-brand Alexa speakers and smart displays
Say the wake word "Alexa" to your Echo speaker and then, with a simple voice command, you can play music,
, shop on Amazon, search the internet, set reminders and more. The Echo has a very powerful microphone that uses what's called "far-field" technology. It's so good it can hear you from across a room. control smart home devices
And if you have multiple Echo speakers, only the closest Amazon device will respond, thanks to a feature called
, or ESP. Echo Spatial Perception Read more: Which Amazon Echo speaker should you buy?
, and here are a list of Alexa's recognized commands the various smart home gadgets Alexa can control. Currently, Alexa is built in to the following devices: -- The Echo costs $100 and is the company's flagship Alexa smart speaker. Amazon Echo -- The Echo Dot costs $50 and is a more affordable alternative to the Echo. Amazon Echo Dot -- The Echo Look costs $100 and assesses your clothing choices with AI tech. Amazon Echo Look -- The Echo Plus costs $150 and has a built-in Zigbee radio, making it part speaker, part hub. Amazon Echo Plus -- The Echo Show costs $230 and has a built-in 10-inch screen. Amazon Echo Show -- The Echo Show 5 costs $90 and has a built-in 5.5-inch screen. Amazon Echo Show 5 -- The Echo Spot costs $130 has a smaller screen, but works like the Echo Show and the Echo Show 5. Amazon Echo Spot
That list only covers the Alexa-enabled smart speakers and displays that Amazon makes itself.
, too, including phones, lamps, Third-party manufacturers have built Alexa into all kinds of devices , TVs and refrigerators. thermostats . Here's a guide to getting started with Alexa in your home
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