The Amazon Echo is a nifty little device that you communicate with via speech – you can ask it to do various tasks and it verbally replies. You preface each command with the trigger word – either “Alexa”, “Amazon”, or “Echo”. The Echo uses the Alexa Voice Service to handle the verbal interactions and Alexa really does a great job. I got one of these devices as a gift a few months ago and I’ve grown to like it quite a bit. Of course, the paranoid side of me was a bit uneasy about a device constantly recording and processing audio from my home looking for the trigger words, but the forensic investigator side of me was very interested at what potential artifacts this new device could create and the insights Alexa could give into real-world things. I’m always very interested at technological artifacts that let investigators escape the digital and get a glimpse into the physical world.