The Amazon Echo is a voice-activated device for the home. It’s a 9-inch cylinder that can sit on the kitchen counter and answer questions like Siri, tell bad jokes and read books aloud. Users can link it to Amazon Prime Music too. You just tell it which song you want to listen to and voila.
For the really lazy, there is an option to buy a remote control for Echo. So you can tell it what to do without having to get up from your sofa in the other room. Fortune suggests Echo isn’t too creepy, since there is a setting if you want to turn the microphones off — “so you don’t have to worry that Jeff Bezos is spying on you.” That said, once you turn the mics off, it defeats the purpose of using a hands-free device. Amazon Echo is available for $179.99. Remote control is $29.99 extra.