One of my favorite gadgets, the Amazon Echo, will be on retail store shelves in time for the holidays. Amazon announced the news on Tuesday, noting that consumers around the U.S. will be able to pick it up the smart home/speaker/digital assistant in one of more than 3,000 locations.
The Amazon Echo is an amazing addition to any living room, kitchen or bedroom. I have one that I use to control my Philips Hue connected lights, and it’s also convenient to call up Alexa – the name for Amazon’s digital assistant – to ask the current weather, a quick sports score, the news, or even to play some of my favorite tunes. The gadget was previously limited to Amazon Prime subscribers on Amazon before it was opened up to everyone. Now it’ll be even easier to buy.
Amazon said that The Hope Depot, Staples, Sears, Brookstone, RadioShack, Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son and “several other retailers” plan to stock the Amazon Echo soon. The device will be available for the same price that one would pay on Amazon – $179.99 – and it will be available on store shelves in the “coming weeks.”