Ellie wants to know what touch screen smart remote Scott likes. Scott says he's not a fan of touch screen remotes because you have to look down to find the touch button and the screen is bright which affects your vision as you return to watching the program. He prefers hard buttons. But Ellie has a sight issue. Scott says that there are remotes that have voice control out there. BlueMoo is interesting.
The Amazon Echo is a cylinder that contains speakers and microphones that are always listening for you to address it, using the wake word "Alexa." It's designed to hear you from anywhere in the room. It responds with information about the weather, sports, news, and will start playing music when you tell it to. Amazon has a demonstration video, in which they say that it isn't listening until you say "Alexa" -- except that it does have to listen to hear when the wake word has been uttered. The real question is whether Amazon is actually listening, or can listen, to everything being said.