You might have seen the commercials where someone asks something called "Alexa" to order flowers or turn on the sprinklers. Alexa is Amazon's digital assistant built into devices such as the . The Echo itself is a speaker with a built-in microphone. Alexa is Amazon's virtual assistant, like from Apple's .
Say the wakeword "Alexa," to your Echo and then, with a simple voice command, you can play music, control smart home devices, 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 your from across a room.
Currently, Alexa is built in to the following devices:
- The $180
- The $50
- The $130
- The $200
- The $230
- The $20
- The $40
- The $90
That list only covers the Alexa-enabled devices that Amazon makes itself. You can also download an Alexa app. Plus, third-party manufacturers have built Alexa into all kinds of devices including, , , and . Here's a guide to .