What is the Echo? Well, you know that Siri that you have on your iPhone or the Google vocal thing on your Android phone? Picture that, but in a cylindrical shape and always in your home.
No, that is not creepy at all, but if you want to set an alarm, get a weather forecast, or ask a general question, then you will get an answer. You can even make a make a grocery list or set a timer and Bluetooth it to your smartphone. Huh, I just used Bluetooth as a verb.
In addition to the features, the Echo has omni-directional sound, which means it is good for spreading the sound. It will cost you $99-199, but that price depends on whether or not you are an Amazon Prime member.