[Corrected 09/11/15 @18:45PDT]
Every now and then I come across a product that just amazes me. This happens fairly often with software where the current rate of innovation is off the charts but when it comes to hardware being amazed happens a lot less often and products require a serious “wow” factor to get me excited. But “wow” was exactly what happened when I set up the Amazon Echo.
The Echo is a sleek, black cylinder 9.25 inches tall and 3.37 inches in diameter with band of lights around the top that illuminate when you use the trigger word “Alexa.” Yep, Amazon’s Siri is called Alexa and, so far in my testing, Alexa knocks the virtual pants off Siri when it comes to speech recognition accuracy and usefulness.