Amazon Echo is a virtual assistant, similar to Apple’s Siri or Google Now, but is optimized for seamless hands-free use. You can plug it anywhere convenient to you and connect it to your home internet connect. From there, you’ll be able to get Echo’s attention by saying “Alexa” from across the room. Ask it anything. If you need details on a song or artist, or news, weather information, Alexa can handle it. The unit also doubles as a great entertainment speaker as well, with the ability to go hands-free with Amazon Music, Prime Music, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn while also connecting to music services like Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora over Bluetooth from your phone or tablet. Amazon Echo is available via invite only for $199 and to Amazon Prime members for $99 for a limited time.