Iron Man fans will be familiar with J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark’s artificially intelligent home computer that answers his inquiries and manages everything in his home. The technology seems a little futuristic, but the future is now.
Amazon Echo is a personal digital assistant that offers great benefits for its user; it’s our own J.A.R.V.I.S. and available today. The voice-controlled speaker can perform more than 3,000 skills, from playing music to providing real-time information like news, weather, and sports scores. And with smart home automation, you can control your connected devices with a simple voice command, making Echo the most powerful electronic device in your home.
If you like the functionality but want something a little smaller, Echo Dot is the mini version. The Dot is just the top portion of the Echo with a small built-in speaker. Maximize its functionality by connecting it to a wireless speaker using a Bluetooth connection, or a traditional speaker using the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Echo products have seven microphones, allowing them to recognize your voice from across the room. They adapt to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences.
The settings for this futuristic personal assistant are available in a free app that you can download from the iPhone App Store or Android Google Play Store. This will also allow you to add additional skills for the Echo to learn, like an Uber pick-up, Fitbit integration, and even voice activated bill pay through your bank.
Like I said, welcome to the future!