Amazon built Alexa personal assistant which is super useful in the Echo and it is lot of fun to use. But if you don’t have an Echo or can’t purchase one because you’re not in the US, it can be hard to gain Alexa’s skill set. In this plight, Amazon has created an App that lets you play with Alexa right in your browser.
To access the app, please go to echosim.io and it will let you ask Alexa all kinds of questions. What it doesn’t let you experience is the always listening nature of the Echo device and its far field microphone array — you have to click and hold a button on the site before you speak to it. That makes it closer to the experience you get with the Amazon Tap than the Echo itself.
The real perseverance of this simulator is to let international devs see what Alexa is capable of, since Amazon doesn’t yet the Echo or other Alexa devices outside of the US. Amazon says it was inspired by a project from a hackathon last year. Still, it’s open to anyone with an Amazon account, so fire it up and start pelting Alexa with questions.