I almost jumped out of my skin the first time Alexa started talking to us late one night when Eliot and I were watching TV. We were both in bed, just about to doze off, when a rather loud female voice asks us, “How can I help you?”
I thought it was a home invasion. I got so scared. I screamed. Then I realized the little robot across the room must have heard her name from the TV and woke up. Eliot and I had a good laugh after our hearts stopped racing.
Eliot received Alexa from the Greenberg clan for his 70th birthday. I was initially more exited than Eliot, but now he is finding new applications for the unit all the time. She plays our music, spells words, gives us the weather, provides news, reads books out-loud, and now does some of our shopping. Yes, there are specials sales that she announces everyday.
The unit is the Amazon Echo, but the brains are Alexa. Eliot uses a lot of technology but he is pretty amazed by all of Alexa’s capabilities. In fact, it’s a little overwhelming to have a robot that knows more than you. All you have to do is ask a question.
The Echo has seven microphones and a beam forming technology so it can hear us from across the room. Alexa is getting her smarts from the cloud so new information is being added all the time. Echo stays connected and updates itself automatically.
The Echo is going to find its way to everyone’s home. It’s perfect for seniors who need help turning lights, switches, and thermostats on and off.
Another bonus is that you can use a companion app to help manage all of the third-party skills.
All this for around $175. There are different models so you can pick a less expensive unit.
I think it’s worth going for the whole enchilada.
Thank you Greenberg’s.💋💋💋💋