It’s Christmas season.
Trees, lights, candy canes, it truly is the most wonderful time of year.
The holiday inspires much cheer, but there is also the stress of shopping for your loved ones.
Every year, 4 or 5 items become the must have of the holiday season, and the race to obtain one of these gifts is always an adventure.
Tickle Me Elmo’s for example.
This year the new mini Nintendo has sold out in every major market in the United States, and is threatening to become the most coveted item of this Christmas season.
Nipping at Nintendo’s heels, is sublime smart speaker called the Amazon Echo.
America has never seen anything quite like it.
Amazon Echo (known in-development as Doppler or Project D and shortened and referred to as Echo) is a smart speaker developed by Amazon.com. The device consists of a 9.25-inch (23.5 cm) tall cylinder speaker with a seven-piece microphone array. The device responds to the name “Alexa”. This “wake word” can be changed by the user to either “Amazon” or “Echo”.
The device is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real time information. It can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation hub.
The Amazon echo is sold out, cannot be found online, and most likely won’t be available to the American consumer until January.
The seemingly limitless applications that the speaker provides will certainly give it shelf life far beyond the month of December.
If you see one, grab it!