Cracking Open the Amazon Echo cloud-connected speaker

Amazon Echo teardown

Part speaker, part microphone, part Star Trek computer in your house, the Amazon Echo is a surprisingly handy "smart" appliance.

In this Cracking Open gallery, I break out my screwdrivers to uncover how Amazon gave an otherwise ordinary Bluetooth speaker a brain by connecting it to the cloud.

To watch a complete teardown video and read my full hardware analysis, check out my article, Amazon Echo teardown: A Smart speaker powered by Amazon's cloud.

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By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the ...