For those of you that have been waiting ever so patiently or not Amazon has now opened up the Amazon Echo to all. It has been on sale for invite only for quite a bit but now you can go get your preorder now for $180. If you do not know what the Echo is a full voice assistant for your home and family.
You activate the assistant by saying “Alexa” and then the command. Some of the features I use on it most are the timer (nice to have in the kitchen), add stuff to my grocery list (also nice in the kitchen) and to have a channel play from Pandora all by voice. There are quite a few other features like searches for questions, directions, news, and frequent shopping reorders through your Prime membership all at you voices command.