Amazon Echo Show
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So far so good havnt figured everything out yet
The Amazon Echo Show can display a how-to video of your recipe while you follow along.
The Amazon Echo virtual assistant has helped many households stay connected and in control of smart home devices. The Amazon Echo Show ups the ante, adding a 7" screen that lets you use voice commands to view the feed from a home surveillance system, watch entertainment and how-to videos, or make video calls to friends and family.
The Echo Show is a video screen and speaker system, yes, but it adds a great deal of value as a voice control for a number of other daily tasks. It controls Smart Home lights, switches, and thermostats from companies like WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, INSTEON, Nest, and more. The Alexa app can answer questions, read audiobooks to you, and show you the weather report. Just ask out loud, and you shall receive.
The Alexa service learns how to do new things all the time. Amazon refers to these abilities as "skills." Recent skills updates have allowed users to call for a car service, order takeout food, and place online shopping orders. You can track packages and set daily reminders. Since the Echo Show is connected to the cloud, it learns new skills in the blink of an eye.
So far so good havnt figured everything out yet
Jim, Sun City, AZ
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So far so good havnt figured everything out yet
A few thoughts...Being in IT for a few decades, I was leery about the security aspect of this product and secondly the concerns about the voice recognition quality. Initially this was a curiosity buy for me because I love to test trending products on the market. After all, other than learning what did I have to lose. So initially I wanted to better manage my Philips Hue lights without having to have a mobile device on hand all the time and the Echo seemed to have that solution for me. The initial setup and configuration was easy - so the technically challenged mom and pops out there - put you minds at ease. The voice recognition is incredible and intuitive although can be challenging and a learning curve regarding how to structure your questions and or requests. The Echo devices will incorporate a vast and growing array of smart home apps and devices almost seamlessly. Keep in mind this is an ever-maturing device. There is challenges with Sirius XM, grouping and streaming to all of your Echo devices but the developers on both side are aware of the issues and should have a fix soon. Otherwise this device will stream Amazon channels in a group environment well. You can manage your cmd's that have been recorded which they call "cards" through your Amazon account and I recommend you clean those up regularly for privacy purposes. So to summarize my opinion for the Echo, it is an incredible product as long you understand todays security risks and manage that aspect inte
Pros: Intuitive, always learning, cheapest hired help on the market
Cons: She still hasn't learned to bring me coffee in the morning
This really is a great device. It takes a bit getting used to- If you watch Star Trek and know how they are always asking, "Computer...", well that is what Alexa is. Ask her something and she'll do her best to give you an answer or obey a command (turn on a light, etc.). It isn't perfect. For instance, you want to make a list, you need to recite each item separately, "Alexa, add milk to shopping list." then "Alexa add eggs to shopping list." Unless I'm doing something wrong, you can't say, "Alexa add milk and eggs to shopping list." It can't understand the "and" in that sentence to make two distinct items.
Looked at reviews..very happy
Pros: Hands free voice activation with screen
Cons: Couldn't find any
Love it- easy set up and it controls all my electronics
Pros: Easy set up
Amazing addition to the Echo line-up, either a touch screen. With the addition of the screen, not only issue voice commands but get back video.
Pros: Video is a great feature
Cons: A little pricey
Want to love the echo show but it has some issues. It is great for playing music, news, weather and some basic tasks. It was working great when I first received it. It would go to YouTube, listen to my commands, etc. Now it will not go to YouTube and will not exit skills without restarting!! It is very frustrating since these are the main things I was using it for.
Pros: Great for playing music, weather, news, games
Cons: No YouTube, no Pinterest, does Not exit out of skillsCrutchfield response on 10/3/2017 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Jennifer to help her further. We'll either help her get the Echo Show working the way it should, or help her return it for an exchange or refund.
Voice-Activated Speaker & Screen: The Echo Show has the same basic capabilities as the regular, voice-only Echo (like listening to music & asking questions), but the built-in touchscreen display adds plenty of new functionality. The Echo Show's touchscreen will give your more information about your Alexa queries (displaying a full weather report or the steps in each recipe, for example), and can be used to play videos, including news briefings from the likes of CNN, and content from YouTube and Amazon Video.
7" Touchscreen & 5MP Camera: Voice responses from Alexa are now enhanced with visuals and optimized for visibility across the room, thanks to a built-in 7" touchscreen. Get the news with a video flash briefing from CNN, watch video content from YouTube & Amazon Video, see your Prime Photos, see lyrics with Amazon Music, and more with the Echo Show's 7" touchscreen. A built-in 5MP camera even lets you enjoy live video chats from family & friends that also have an Echo or the Alexa App.
Note: The Amazon Echo Show will turn on the touchscreen when it detects the wake word or motion in view of the camera or when you interact with Echo Show's display or buttons.
Powered by Dolby: Powered by Dolby, the Echo Show is fine-tuned to deliver crisp vocals with dynamic bass response and expansive sound. The Echo Show features dual full-range 2" speakers for rich bass and balanced stereo listening.
Built-In WiFi (MIMO): The Amazon Echo Show comes ready to connect to your home's WiFi network. It features Dual-band (2.4GHz/5GHz), dual-antenna MIMO WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n) for faster streaming and fewer dropped connections than standard WiFi. It does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) WiFi.
Alexa Voice Service: When you want to use the Echo Show, simply say the wake word, "Alexa," and the Echo Show lights up and streams audio to the cloud, where the Alexa Voice Service is leveraged to recognize and respond to your request instantly. Once you say "Alexa", the audio stream includes a fraction of a second of audio before the wake word, and closes once your question or request has been processed. Alexa (the brain behind Echo Show) is built in the cloud, so it is always getting smarter. The more you use Echo Show, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences.
Note: Alexa is developed to get better over time. Alexa uses your voice recordings and other information, including from third-party services, to answer your questions, fulfill your requests, and improve your experience and our services. When you set up the Echo Show or link third-party services with Alexa, Alexa begins processing some information, such as your music playlists. You can also help Alexa improve its voice services by providing feedback within History or by using Voice Training in the Alexa App.
Far-Field Voice Recognition: Equipped with eight microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation, the Echo Show hears you from any direction-even while music is playing. With far-field voice recognition, the Echo Show can hear you ask a question from any direction - even while playing music. When you want to use Echo Show, just say the wake word "Alexa" and the Echo Show responds instantly.
Note: You can turn the Amazon Echo Show's microphone off by pushing the microphone on/off button on the top of the device. When the microphone on/off button turns red, the microphone is off. The device will not respond to the wake word, nor respond to the action button, until you reactivate the microphone by pushing the microphone on/off button again.
ESP (Echo Spatial Perception): If you have more than one Echo Show, Echo, or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo device you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).
Note: You cannot connect multiple Alexa devices to each other and play the same requested audio at the same time.
Alexa Calling & Messaging: Now you can quickly call and send/receive voice messages for your family and friends via Alexa-all just by using your voice. You can send and receive Alexa messages, as well as place and receive Alexa calls, between Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus, Echo Spot and Echo Show, as well as the Alexa App. You can place outbound calls to most phone numbers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico using the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, Echo Show and Echo Plus.
- Alexa Calling & Messaging supports receiving Alexa calls only; it does not support inbound calls from phone numbers.
- You cannot call 911 and other emergency services using Alexa.
Music Apps: The Amazon Echo Show provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music, Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Spotify Connect. You can also upload your personal music collection from iTunes, Google Play Music, and more to your music library on Amazon and then stream your music through your Alexa device. Simply ask for your favorite artist or song, or request a specific genre or mood. You can also search for music by lyrics, when a song or album was released, or let Alexa pick the music for you. You can even view Music lyrics for many songs from Amazon Music. The screen highlights the music lyrics to follow the words in the song.
Note: The Amazon Echo Show supports Spotify Connect (requires Spotify Premium subscription), which allows you to play music on the Echo Show and use the Spotify app on your phone or tablet as a remote.
Multi-Room Music: Multi-Room Music allows you to play and control music from Amazon, Amazon Unlimited, Amazon Prime, and some other 3rd-pary music providers across multiple, compatible Echo devices at the same time. You can tell Alexa to play music across your compatible Echo devices on the same WiFi network. Tell Alexa to play jazz in the kitchen, top pop in the family room, or play the same song throughout your whole home. To stream different music on multiple devices or on more than one Multi-Room Music group at the same time, you must have an Amazon Music Unlimited Family plan.
Home Entertainment Control: Amazon Alexa now offers home entertainment skills for select multiroom audio systems - including Sonos, Heos by Denon, & Yamaha MusicCast (all sold separately). You'll be able to control key functions of these systems by simply using voice commands.
Smart Home: The Amazon Echo Show works with devices such as lights, switches, thermostats, and more from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Insteon, Nest, and more. Ask Alexa to switch on a lamp, turn on the fan, dim the lights, or increase the temperature. Some products work directly with Alexa and other smart home ecosystems require a compatible hub.
IFTTT: The Echo Show with Alexa supports IFTTT, or "IF This, Then That," a third-party service that automates how your devices, apps, and websites work with each other through rules (or "Applets"). After you activate an Applet through the IFFTT website, Alexa can then trigger that IFTTT Applet when you interact with the Echo Show.
Note: Currently, the Echo Show and Alexa can't be the action in an Applet. For example, you can't allow Alexa to notify you of new tweets on your Twitter account.
Amazon Prime Shopping: Amazon Prime members can ask the Echo Show through "Alexa" to order eligible products ordered before, many Prime products and digital music tracks and albums. Your default payment and shipping settings will be used to place your order. You can require a speakable confirmation code, turn purchasing off, and see product and order details in your Alexa App. Just like orders placed through Amazon.com, orders placed through Alexa are subject to Amazon's Conditions of Use & Privacy Notice.
News & Information: For news and information you can see and hear, just ask Alexa for your video flash briefing from CNN, Bloomberg, and more. Also, get the latest movie trailers or how-to videos from YouTube. The Amazon Echo Show with Alexa can help you stay connected to the news that matters most to you - like world & local news, traffic, weather, sports, and movie times.
Personal Organizer: The Echo Show helps keep you organized at home. Start a timer in the kitchen and watch as it counts down, or easily see and manage your family's calendar. Sign in to the Alexa App to take your to-do and shopping lists with you. Just add an item to the list from home, and whoever is out shopping will see it added instantly on their Alexa App.
Questions & Answers: The Echo Show with Alexa taps into Yelp to provide you with info on local restaurants, shops, and other businesses. It also makes a great calculator and dictionary. You can even get fast facts on all type of topics from Wikipedia.
Alexa App: With the free Alexa App on Apple iOS 9.0+, Android OS 4.4+, Fire OS, and desktop browsers, you can easily setup (including WiFi network) and manage the Echo Show voice-activated speaker & screen. The free Amazon Alexa App is a companion to your Alexa device for setup, remote control, and enhanced features. Interactions with Alexa are automatically mirrored visually on your Amazon Alexa App, providing more information as you want it. The Amazon Alexa App lets you easily manage your alarms, music, shopping lists, and more.
Skills: Skills are voice-driven capabilities that enhance the functionality of the Amazon Echo Show with Alexa. You can search for and enable skills in the Alexa app or from the Alexa Skills store on the website. You can also see ratings and reviews to learn what other customers are saying about the thousands of skills available in the Alexa App. To use an Alexa skill, first enable the skill, and then make your request based on the example phrases shown in the app. If you know the exact name of the skill you want, you can say, "Enable [skill name] skill." Some skills may require you to link to an existing account and a separate subscription in order to use the skill.
Note: At this time, you cannot customize which content is available on specific devices. For example, music, skills, shopping lists are available on all Alexa devices registered to the same account as the content.
Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Echo Show is also Bluetooth-enabled (A2DP/AVRCP) and acts as a Bluetooth receiver, transmitter, or controller. Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) support provides audio streaming from your mobile device to the Amazon Echo Show, or from the Amazon Echo Show to a Bluetooth speaker or headphone. Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) offers voice control of connected mobile devices - like your smartphone or tablet.
Note: Hands-free voice control is not supported for Mac OS X devices. Hands-free phone communication (HFP) is not supported. Bluetooth speakers requiring PIN codes are not supported.
Auto Updates: Because the Amazon Echo Show is always connected to the internet, updates are delivered automatically.
AC Power Adapter: The Amazon Echo Show includes an AC power adapter that will need to be plugged into an AC power outlet, surge protector, or power conditioner.
Note: The Amazon Echo Show is not battery powered.
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Son-in-law recommendation [ ROBERT E Nov 26, 2017 ]
I have one in my other home [ E Aug 29, 2017 ]
"Drop in" future for in house communication and for Amazon Unlimited account. Amazon Echo is a great add to any home. [ SAMUEL Aug 20, 2017 ]
Already have 3 Echos and 6 Dots, seems like a natural fit. [ NORMAN Sep 13, 2017 ]
I wanted to take advantage of the $100 off sale for two Echo Show devices. [ Brian Sep 10, 2017 ]
Looking for additional 2 pack with savings. Amazon will allow only 1 special order like this. [ CLIFFORD Aug 31, 2017 ]