The Amazon echo is an internet connected speaker with built in microphones. Essentially, it’s what Siri is on an Iphone, without the screen. It’s a pretty cool device to keep in the kitchen that’ll read you the news, tell you the weather, traffic, check your schedule, etc. While it was launched last year, it was available by invite only. Now anybody can preorder one for $180. It will ship on July 14th.
This speaker pretty much what you get if you have a high quality bluetooth speaker and a smartphone or tablet, but it saves you the hassle of connecting your device to listen to tunes, or get an answer to a quick question.
Here’s Amazon’s promotional video: