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Echo by Amazon

Like a physical version of Siri

Would you recommend Echo by Amazon to a friend?
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Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
This reminds me of Jibo, but with slightly less creepy factor. $199 (and $99 for prime members) seems reasonable. I hope they open an API so this can hook into my iOS devices and other tech in the home like Nest.
Anton Troynikov@atroyn · http://troynikov.io
@rrhoover this and the Fire phone makes me wonder whether Amazon wants to follow a Google strategy in hardware, but in-house rather than acquisitions.
Max Kirchoff@maxisnow · Dev Director, The Bold Italic
@rrhoover IMHO - Amazon APIs are pretty transparent even when not explicitly "open". Haven't messed with other Fire devices, but Kindle had some cool integrations off the bat.
Lauren Stipe@got_glitter
@rrhoover this is really cool!
Robert Mao@mave99a · Cofounder of PixoMobile.
@rrhoover API may expose more chance for malware or NSA to listen to the home... scary.
Nick Zieber@nzieber · Community & Partnerships @whub_io
@mave99a I was going to add that as well... Nice try NSA. :)
Robert Mao@mave99a · Cofounder of PixoMobile.
@rrhoover UBI (http://www.theubi.com/) is more similar, but with its $299 price tag, lame speaker it's less interesting.
Yael Baifus@ahuvatiyael
@atroyn my thoughts exactly. They're trying really hard to keep up with google, but keeping it all in house isn't a smart differentiator...
Erik Finman@erikfinman · Founder of Finman Technologies
The most cringe video I've ever seen. But looks like a really cool product! Thanks for the Hunt!
Ellen Chisa@ellenchisa · VP Product, Lola
@erikfinman agreed with the video - It was somehow regressive for both genders. I'm actually a little nervous if the team was tone deaf enough to release this video, there will be implicit sexism in the product too :(
Ryan Detzel@ryandetzel · Engineer
Cool, yet creepy at the same time. Not sure how I feel about this. // signs up for invite.
Some Guy@ghobs91 · Head Of Winging It, Denarri
Maybe I'm not getting it, by why would someone pay $199/$99 for a standalone device that does something that Android/iOS/Windows Phone do already?
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · Writer/Social Editor @ProductHunt
@ghobs91 because for the ones you mentioned, you need to get them out of your pocked and press the button.
Some Guy@ghobs91 · Head Of Winging It, Denarri
@Nivo0o0 IDK about other Android phones, but my Moto X responds to a keyphrase without me even touching it. I know that Siri does the same now if it's plugged in charging. The use case for this device suggests that it's meant for when you're home or at the office, in which case your phone is not likely to be in your pocket.
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · Writer/Social Editor @ProductHunt
@ghobs91 it's also not likely to be plugged in. They priced it correctly where it's not and either this or Siri type of decision.
Max Kirchoff@maxisnow · Dev Director, The Bold Italic
@ghobs91 I basically do what this device does every morning with my phone and a bluetooth speaker. Srsly though, I'd buy this. $99 is less than I paid for the speaker - and - I don't have to fool with pairing issues every other day.
Nick Frost@thinker · Newsletter Editor/Marketing @ Mattermark
@maxisnow exactly
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · Writer/Social Editor @ProductHunt
In other news... The NSA is feel the overwhelming joy they missed out on the day of the Apple Event.