Holiday Gift Guide 2016 - 2017 - Top 10: Best AI Products

Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo is one of the best AI speakers currently available. Inside lives Alexa, which is Amazon's own personal assistant. When it first launched in 2014, it didn't do much. But Amazon has quickly improved Alexa and added tons of new skills for her. She can control a slew of products in your home, as well as ordering pizza.

Amazon Tap

Amazon touts this as a "Portable Speaker", where as the Amazon Echo isn't portable and must stay plugged in. It also isn't always listening, unlike the Amazon Echo. You actually need to tap the speaker (hence the name) for it to start listening to your query. But it does also have Alexa inside.

Amazon Echo Dot

The third way to get Alexa in the form of a speaker is the Echo Dot. This works as a speaker, but it is meant to be plugged into another speaker that sits in your home. It does everything that the Amazon Echo does, it's just smaller and a fraction of the price, as you'd expect it to be.

All new Echo Dot  + TP-Link Wi-Fi Light Switch

Alexa works with a slew of smart home products like the TP-Link Wi-Fi Light Switch here. Allowing you to use Alexa to turn on your lights within your home. Amazon is selling the Echo Dot with the TP-Link Wi-Fi Light Switch, which is going to save you a few bucks by buying them together.

Amazon Echo Dot + ecobee3 Smart Thermostat

Here's another bundle that is pretty sweet to pick up this holiday season. You can get a smart thermostat from ecobee3 which can also be controlled by Alexa. All you have to do is say "Alexa, change the temperature to 70 degrees" and she'll change the temperature in your home. This is the way the smart home was supposed to work.

Nest Learning Thermostat

This is the third generation of Nest's Learning Thermostat and it is compatible with both Amazon's Alexa as well as Google's Assistant which lives in the Pixel and Google Home devices. It will intelligently keep the temperature in your home the same, even when the weather outside changes from night to day, and throughout the different seasons of the year.

Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

The new Fire TV Stick also has Alexa built in. Allowing you to use your voice to search for different movies and TV shows, but also telling her which TV show to start playing. This can definitely be helpful if you are in the kitchen cooking and want to start a movie or something. It's very intelligent and works pretty well.

Amazon Fire Tablet

Amazon's iconic $50 tablet now has Alexa, thanks to a software update. Which means you'll get all of the features that they have already built into Alexa, right there on your tablet, that you barely paid anything for. This is all part of Amazon's strategy too, sell the hardware cheap and rope you into their ecosystem, which now includes Alexa.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet

If you are wanting a bigger tablet, with a better display, performance and battery than the Fire Tablet, the Fire HD 8 is the way to go, and it has Alexa included as well. So you can control all of your appliances throughout the home without needing to actually open up an app and do so. Just use your voice.

Wemo Switch

This outlet switch from Wemo works with the Alexa ecosystem as well. Allowing you to tell Alexa to turn on or off whatever is plugged into the switch. You can even name the switch based on what is plugged in. So say you plug in your TV to the switch, you can tell Alexa to turn on the TV, and she'll understand exactly what you want done, and do it.

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