I am not a Luddite.
My friend Karla would disagree. Of course, Karla owns about 4 phones, multiple ipads and possibly the cryogenically preserved head of Steve Jobs (the latter is just a theory but she won’t let any of us see her guest bedroom so it’s the only logical conclusion).
Anyway, I am not a Luddite but I am also not quick to adopt new technology nor adept at using new technology.
Part of this is because I feel like if I sold a product and then proceeded send out “updates” and “fixes” every other day people might correctly suspect that maybe it wasn’t quite ready for prime time. Also, because I often find myself frustrated trying learn the “new” way to jot down a note, make a list or just remember a password that I take the idea of these being time saving devices with large grain of salt (preferably sea salt and sprinkled over chocolate. But I digress).
But. BUT! I have bought a new tech toy and I’m loving it!
On Karla’s recommendation (the upside of being friends with an almost-Borg: really good, personal reviews of products) I got the Amazon Echo. Do you know about it? It’s a lot like Siri except that it is a free-standing unit that can sit on your desk.Unlike Siri though, Echo is kind of always on and waiting to help. She does the basic things, – she can answer random questions, tell you the weather etc. She can play music, the radio, podcasts and audio books. You can also set timers (useful for me) and reminder alarms. And, best of all it’s all done via voice command.But why she is particularly great for me (and I think other makers of things) is….
I’m always getting random ideas about stuff I need, things to add to a to-do list or just creative ideas. Unfortunately, I only seem to have these thoughts when my hands a covered in glue or I’m in the midst of doing something else and I don’t want to stop, clean myself up and write or type something.
But since Echo works on voice commands I can just shout out the idea and she adds it to my shopping or to do list. Even better, those lists are automatically transferred to my phone so they are pretty much always with me. It honestly has made life soooo much more organized and efficient.Of course the voice command thing also means she’s listening all the time which would alarm my more paranoid side if I ever said anything other than “ow!” and “damn it!” while working. OK, I guess nosy folks at Amazon might hear me sing if I’m in a particularly peppy mood but that’s really their cross to bear.
And also, as a personal bonus, because my name is actually Dave I do enjoy occasionally asking her to “open the pod bay doors.”
She politely refuses of course.
Just to be clear I’m not being compensated in any way for this testimonial – just sharing a useful toy. Also the pics above will link you to various reviews of the product. If you want to investigate you can purchase an Echo via Amazon.