12-28-2016, 05:52 PM
Someone gave me one of these for Christmas. Now I have to figure out how to get rid of it without offending the well-intentioned gift-givers.
I had no idea either, but have looked into it out of necessity. It's a wireless, cylindrical, 9" tall unit which apparently maintains a connection to the internet. Amazon puts it out and it costs about $180 for the main unit and $50 for a smaller "echo dot" which allows you to use all the functions upstairs, too. I have both. :(
As I understand it, when you call it by it's name, "Alexa" and ask it a question, it hears you and is supposed to get the info and speak the answer out loud for you. You can also use it to turn your lights on and off or tell it to play certain music for you. I suppose it can control other appliances, but I think you have to download an app for each thing you want it to do. I guess the idea is to make your house "smart", which I have no intention of doing. And of course there are serious privacy concerns.
I hate it! HATE IT! HATE IT!
Checking the reviews on amazon, some people love it, but many suggest they can't get it to do much of anything and it still has too many bugs. Some complaints: Alexa is frequently unable to find answers to questions. - Too many apps to download. - Most functions require you to sign up and pay for a service. - "It's just a tool for selling you crap"...