Amazon Alexa and Echo Speakers: What is the Difference?

If you want to control your air conditioning by voice with AirTouch, Amazon offers a compatible option with their smart assistant known as Alexa…but what exactly is an Echo? In very simple terms, they are one of the same.

So…Who is Amazon Alexa?

Alexa is the name given to Amazon’s smart assistant and was announced in 2014 with the home automation features later launched in 2015. The voice who responds when you call out “Alexa” and then ask it a question, or to order food or play your favourite song for example. An Amazon Echo is the smart speaker that the Alexa software resides on, and is your audio interface with it. To work, the speaker needs an active internet connection.

When you want to use your Echo speaker, by asking for info or telling it to do something, you generally start by calling out “Alexa,” the “wake” word or name for the Amazon Assistant, and then ask your question or give your command. In 2021, the speakers come in a range of sizes and styles which are often developing such as the Dot, Echo Studio, or Show which offers a screen and other third party options as well.

There is also a companion app available on the iOS store and Google Play Store that you as a user can use to install and setup new skills and link with other devices. Amazon continually improves their smart assistant with more features and skills so they offer a great option for voice controlled home automation.

As Alexa is the Assistant software that you can use to control your home air conditioning with AirTouch, it is what you call out to. Learn more about the types of commands and how you can use Alexa here

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