Alexa is an intelligent personal assistant developed by amazon.com's lab126, made popular by the echo. she is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real time information. alexa can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation hub. most devices with alexa allow users to activate the device using a wake-word (such as echo), other devices require you to push a button in order to activate listening-mode. currently, interaction and communication with alexa is only available in english.