Amazon Echo was released in the United States November 2014. The Echo is a smart speaker designed to work with home automation devices using voice-control, completely hands-free. It can play all your music, access the radio, read audio books, the news, the weather, traffic reports, sports scores, all using Alexa Voice Services. The Echo can control your home’s temperature, lights, fans, blinds, garage door, locks, just by saying, “Alexa, turn on outside lights”. More devices are constantly being added, and currently work with Z-Wave products that iHomeCtrl carries. Alexa continues to grow smarter as new features are added. Alexa has answers to all your questions, we will no longer need to “Google it”. “Alexa, explain the laws of physics to me.” Alexa can be a timer, read recipes, convert measurements. In the U.S, Alexa is capable of ordering pizza, an Uber, or flowers.
Completely free of the Echo, is the new Echo Dot, released in the U.S October 2016, for a fraction of the cost. Though tiny in comparison to the Echo, it can do everything it’s predecessor does, with the addition of connecting to your own bluetooth speaker, being portable and having better long-range voice capabilities.
So when will Amazon Echo and the Echo Dot be available to Canadians? Unfortunately, there is no official news, only speculation that it could be released in 2017. “Alexa, when will you come to Canada?”