Cool Apps: Amazon Echo

Cool Apps: Amazon EchoDid you ever want a secretary that could answer questions all day? Amazon has a cool app: Amazon Echo.  While Amazon’s Echo product can’t fetch coffee, it can perform all sorts of digital tasks that come up in daily life at work and at home.

Many Choices:

There are three types of Amazon Echos: The Amazon Echo Dot, Echo Show and Echo Plus.  The Echo Dot looks like a small speaker that sits on your desk or table or in your car.  It’s enabled with voice recognition and can be integrated with hundreds of apps.  The Echo Show has a larger screen and can take pictures, control home security, is a smart home hub, can use your playlists and show song lyrics on the screen.  The Echo Plus is a smart speaker that connects to music, controls lighting and other electrical devices. Its voice, named Alexa, can answer questions, spend money, play games, control components of your house, play music, and act as an alarm clock.  And that’s just for starters.


Voice Command with Alexa:

Alexa listens to your voice and responds. A few of the questions and commands that Alexa is capable of answering correctly include:

  • “Alexa, how old is Matt Damon?”
  • “Alexa, where is the closest sushi restaurant?”
  • “Alexa, could you order a stapler from Amazon?”
  • “Alexa, open Amex.”
  • “Alexa, set a timer for 20 minutes.”
  • “Alexa, order a pizza.”
  • “Alexa, play music by Lorde.”
  • “Alexa, what’s on my calendar?”

With additional integrations, Amazon Echo can control room temperature and turn on lights.  Echo’s range is one room in the house, and the biggest Echo fans have more than one in their house and one for the car.

Business Applications:

Amazon Echo can be used for business or personal needs. Where it comes in for business is to give you insight in how your business ranks in voice search results.  Ask Echo about your business by asking it to find a business similar to yours.  For example, if you run a hair salon, ask Echo to find a hair salon. Does it mention yours or your competitor?


Echo can save you time, amuse your employees, and help you gain marketing insights into your business.