This is a great time to pick up an Amazon Echo if this was on your list.
There are several versions of this device and they are each nicely discounted right now.
You can get the Echo Dot for $29
The Echo for $79.99 or for $5 more get the Echo 2nd generation plus this smart plug to go with it.
The smart plug is awesome to have the Echo turn things on and off with an app. This would be super handy to turn on and off holiday lights, to turn on an electric blanket or portable heater (or fan in summer), when you are away from home turn on lights randomly or music or TV and so on.
I don’t have an Echo, I have a similar device and we use it all the time. My kids set timers for running soccer drills or reading minutes for school, we play music, I just asked it why my poinsettia was dying (it told me to water thoroughly and be prepared for leaves to be shed) and the children figured out they can call Santa and get a little message from him. 😉
Here are some of the things the Echo can do:
- Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, control smart home devices, and more—instantly.
- Just ask for a song, artist, or genre from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more. With multi-room music, you can play music on compatible Echo devices in different rooms. Echo can also play audiobooks, radio stations, news briefs, and more.
- Call or message anyone hands-free with your Echo device. Also, instantly connect to other Echo devices in your home using just your voice.
- New speaker, now with Dolby processing for crisp vocals and dynamic bass response. Echo can fill the room with 360° omnidirectional audio.
- With seven microphones, beamforming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo hears you from any direction—even while music is playing
- Just ask Alexa to check your calendar, weather, traffic, and sports scores, manage to-do and shopping lists, control your compatible smart lights, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, and more
Please note prices are valid as of 11am PST 12/5/17 and can change at any moment.