Amazon Echo is the virtual assistant for your home, likely to lead to 'no-touch' ordering

By Shawn Knight
Nov 6, 2014
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  1. Amazon has unveiled what can only be described as a peculiar product - a connected speaker for your home with a built-in virtual assistant that's always listening and ready to help out in any way it can. If there's one...

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,550   +594

    Goofy. What happens if you're engaged in a conversation with someone else and it picks up portions of your chatter and starts kicking in it's own interpretations of what it thinks you want to hear?
  3. JohnCB

    JohnCB TS Booster Posts: 118   +62

    I understand what they're going for, but honestly I can't help but feel like I've got more than enough devices spying on me. The last thing I need is yet another that is monitoring every single conversation and has the ability to the spend my money.
    psycros likes this.
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,374   +2,165

    But will it fill limit orders on energies?
  5. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,295   +663

    Not just no, but HELL no. What's next, the mandatory telescreen on the wall?
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    Amazon should make this available as a suppository, and give it away free with a "Prime" membership.

    One click ordering? Anybody can do that.

    One voice command ordering? Anybody could do that also.

    But one puff of flatulence ordering? That's what I'm talking about...(y)

    Although, one can of baked beans and some broccoli, could putt you into the poorhouse... :oops: :embarrased:
  7. The whole way they choose to show it off speaks for itself
    they are showing it used by a family and everyone having fun and getting to know it and getting to live with it and love it

    if they would promote it like any other device with cold facts it would just sound so wrong

    "put it in your home it listens to everything you say and communicates with the cloud sending all your information to be analysed"
  8. Stan57

    Stan57 TS Rookie

    You can bet the farm they are spying on everything you say and do with that device. we have a PC,Phone,tablets, Want to order a pizza use the phone or PC or tablet. Want to search something? ditto why allow them to invade your privacy by listen to ALL of your conversations and if you say not your very wrong.
  9. JohnCB

    JohnCB TS Booster Posts: 118   +62

    That's the thing.... I think this is the next logical step in digitizing our lives. However with the amount of spying, tracking and security scandals we've had over the last couple years, the timing is all wrong.

    This product requires a lot of trust, and we're at an age where trust is a scarce commodity.
  10. The video does state that you have to wake it up with a special word before the listening theoretically starts. Of course that still requires trust.
  11. You're trying too hard. Don't do that.
  12. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,437   +592

    This thing will take off and be successful, mark my words.

    If they want to know when I order Pizza that's fine.
    People are aware of what they say/do now and act accordingly.
    Who cares if your being spied on if your aware and you keep you other 'private hobbies & things' private.
    Anything I don't want uncle sam to know, he isn't going to know and I certainly won't be spouting it into this device.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2014
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    This is another piece of crap designed, perhaps destined, to part fools with their money.

    And what you call, "digitizing our lives", I call, "turning us all into "digiots". Or perhaps, "digibeciles". Which ever terms flow best for ya.

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