Ship date: Began shipping right before Christmas
Price: $99 for Amazon Prime members; otherwise, $199
Imagine Apple’s Siri stuck inside what looks like a desk air purifier, and that’s what this odd appliance by Amazon. Ask it a question aloud or make requests for information, and the personal digital assistant, named Alexa, will search the Internet and answer in a female voice with a witty attitude. It also serves as a music speaker. Besides coming off as a little weird, we have to wonder why Echo is so special – why don’t you just set your iPhone down on a table and talk to Siri.