The Amazon Echo was a clumsy implementation for what ended up being an idea with legs. People have an appetite for a seamless voice-controlled assistant. The Star Trek Computer! Jarvis! Hal! Except not evil! It's legitimately cool how easy it is to ask this gadget something and get answers. Yet the Echo didn't do much, and the unvarnished tubular design that required outlet power didn't seamlessly slide into your life like a voice assistant ought to.