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HA Dave

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Re: Amazon Echo
« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2014, 12:28:45 AM »

I think the bigger question is that if all the residents in a house already have iOS or Android devices with access to Siri or Google Now ...... why would they purchase this "thing" for the house that essentially does the same thing, requires another subscription, and doesn't go with them when they leave?.........   Am I missing something?

Absolutely correct!

I can always just pair my phone's BT with the stereo or even the TV. 

I think our phones are very quickly getting to the point where they replace the desktops and/or laptops. But tablets are nice because they have bigger screens... but still remain portable. And a tablet is nice to have on the coffee table as well. Although... I am still using two laptops running 24/7 for my HA setup... but I just know someday my phone will replace those.

But the cloud and paid services are the future and they will be with us forever [and ever]. The internet was invented to allow computers to talk to each other. The cloud finally completes the mission and provides the safety of an intermediary too.

And there isn't a chance the government might use cloud service to spy on us.... it is absolutely guaranteed. But if being spied on by your own government bothers you... you probability have something to hide (OK.... just a little late night humor). Amazons device may be a duplication of much of what a phone can do... but it's still pretty sharp and does have nice features. And... having a direct speaker feed to the NSA would have to save a couple tax dollars anyway.
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Re: Amazon Echo
« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2014, 08:07:48 AM »

This article explains a few things about Echo...
As for "doesn't go with them when they leave". It would appear to be rather elementary to create cell phone apps that link to the same cloud storage so that, in effect, it can go with you.
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Re: Amazon Echo
« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2014, 11:18:38 PM »

It would appear to be rather elementary to create cell phone apps that link to the same cloud storage so that, in effect, it can go with you.

I get that, but I meant it in a more literal sense.  Dependence on external power and WiFi makes the Echo resistive to being portable, although not impossible to take with you.  I was comparing it to Siri/Google Now for mobile devices and the point I meant to make it is that smartphones can already achieve feature parity and go with you, literally, while the Echo is not designed to do the latter.

I am sure you are correct in that the same cloud storage could be accessed from a mobile device, but given the above, I fail to see the point!
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Re: Amazon Echo
« Reply #18 on: November 12, 2014, 07:17:35 PM »

I love the potential of these technologies. We are so very close to virtual companions....
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