Holiday Tech Gift Ideas 2016-2017: Amazon Echo

Stumped on a gift for someone on your list this holiday season? Check out the Amazon Echo. It's a product that everyone will love. Whether they are a techie or not. The Amazon Echo may look like a simple speaker, but it's much more than that. The Amazon Echo is a Bluetooth speaker with Amazon's own personal assistant, Alexa, inside. Alexa can help you throughout your day, hence it being a personal assistant. There are currently over 5,000 "skills" available for Alexa. Skills are basically things that she can do. One of the more popular features is the Uber skill. Alexa can order an Uber for you, just by using your voice. Another popular skill is the Domino's skill, allowing Alexa to place an order for pizza for you with just your voice.

Of course, Uber and Domino's aren't the only skills that Alexa has. Another new skill that she gained was the ability to talk with the Neato Connected Botvac. This is a robot vacuum, that can now start cleaning your home when you tell Alexa to clean the living room, or another room in the home. Alexa also works with popular IoT platforms like Phillips Hue, Belkin WeMo and even Nest. Simply put, the Amazon Echo is a great place to start building your smart home. The ability to play music is just an added function.

Now the Amazon Echo isn't the only way to get Alexa into your home. There are other products like the Amazon Tap which is a more portable speaker with Alexa inside. However, unlike the Amazon Echo, Alexa isn't always listening on the Tap. You actually need to tap the device, hence the name. Another popular one is the Amazon Echo Dot. This is less of a speaker and more of a home for Alexa. It's much cheaper, with a normal price of $49.99, and can be connected to other speakers very easily. Amazon has also built Alexa into their Fire TV and Fire tablet lineups.

The Amazon Echo is a great looking speaker that would look great in the kitchen, in an entertainment center or even on a desk in an office. It makes a great gift this holiday season. And even if it's a bit more than you want to pay for a gift, there are other options available like the Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Tap. Both of which also make great gifts this holiday season.

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