It's a speaker. It's a music system. And much more. The Amazon Echo is a new cloud-connected gadget designed around your voice. Always on, you wake it by saying "Alexa", then asking it questions or giving it commands. Want to know the weather? Just ask. Want to add something to your shopping list? Done. In the mood for some Beatles? Say the words. With dual down-firing speakers, it produces surprisingly rich sound, and thanks to integrated Bluetooth, it also syncs with the Echo app, and lets you stream music from any source you want — although you probably won't have to use the feature very often, as it offers built-in support for your Amazon Music Library, Prime Music, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio.
To keep your house safe, you could go the traditional route and have an elaborate security system installed. Or could just grab a Cocoon Home Security Device. This single, simple device aims to protect your entire home by using Subsound technology to sense activity even in other rooms. It learns your normal activity schedules to reduce false alarms, and also adds in a pet-friendly motion detector, a loud siren designed to disorientate intruders, and a wide-angle, night vision-capable HD camera with high-quality microphone to let you check in on things remotely and record evidence if necessary. All with only one wire to plug in: the power cord.
With cameras seemingly crammed into every device we use, we've never taken so many photos. Which means we've never had to deal with displaying so many photos. The Fireside Smart Picture Frame aims to make it easy. A combination service, app, and digital picture frame, Fireside will bring all your photos together in a secure cloud storage solution, make them searchable, and most importantly use an intelligent algorithm to put them in context, letting the frame automatically show photos that are relevant to that day. For example, wedding and honeymoon photos on your anniversary, photos from previous birthdays on your birthday, and even shots that correspond to the weather outside. It's like having a personal photo concierge right on your shelf.