Last updated on May 24th, 2016 at 10:06 am

Amazon Echo

It seems Amazon are on a mission to stop any of us leaving our homes. After recently announcing their Dash Buttons – an adhesive button that you stick around the home and press when you want to re-order an item – the online giant has now announced a key feature addition to its Echo speaker – it can now do your shopping for you!

The Amazon Echo is a nifty piece of kit that not only plays your music and tells you the weather but its voice recognition now understands order commands through Amazon Prime. It’s very simple. All you have to say is, “Alexa, re-order washing-up liquid” and it’ll prowl through your order history, find the fluorescent gloop, tell you the price, and then ask you to confirm the order. And that’s it! Fairy Liquid in the post.

The first premise is you’ll need to be an Amazon Prime member so the Echo can link to your account. Much like the Dash Buttons, you’ll also only be able to order items from Amazon that are eligible, and you’ll also have had to have ordered the item previously before from Amazon.

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Tucked under Echo’s light ring is an array of seven microphones. These sensors use beam-forming technology to hear you from any direction. With enhanced noise cancellation, Echo can hear you ask a question even while it’s playing music from its dual downward-firing speakers which produce 360-degrees of omni-directional audio to fill the room with immersive sound.

It uses on-device keyword spotting to detect the ‘wake word’. When Echo detects the wake word, it lights up and streams audio to the cloud, where they leverage the power of Amazon Web Services to recognize and respond to your request.

The Amazon Echo is designed around your voice, which we’re certain will be the future of most domestic technology. This addition is just the latest in a number of updates the Echo has received. For $199 (£125) or $149 (£95) for Prime members, we think this is well worth an investment. For more details check out the Amazon Echo Site.

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