Tag: Alexa

Amazon explains how Alexa learns new languages

Amazon’s Alexa assistant recently learned to speak new languages globally: Hindi, U.S. Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. Synthetic data aided substantially in this, explained Amazon senior manager for research science Janet Slifka in a post on the Alexa blog this morning, but it wasn’t the end-all-be-all solution. They required new bootstrapping tools. One of the tools […]

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Amazon rolls out developer tools to improve Alexa voice apps

Amazon’s adding a trio of new tools to the Alexa Skills Kit, a suite of self-service APIs and resources for conversational app development, designed to improve the quality of experiences developed for Alexa. The first two, which are now generally available — Natural Language Understanding (NLU) Evaluation Tool and Utterance Conflict Detection — enhance voice […]

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Amazon releases Alexa data set to help solve the ‘cocktail party problem’

The cocktail party problem, alternatively known as the dinner party problem, is the difficulty automated systems encounter when tasked with isolating audio in noisy, multisource environments. It’s widely studied, and a number of academic teams, startups, and corporate giants claim to have solved it with sophisticated machine learning algorithms. But Amazon believes there’s room for […]

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Amazon’s Vesta no-show highlights the challenges of home robots

You’d think Amazon would be the one to shake up a product category that has chewed up and spit out startups and corporate giants alike, but the company’s next flagship robot seemingly remains a work in progress. At a press event in downtown Seattle, some expected Amazon to preview a home robot that’s reportedly like […]

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AI Weekly: Recommendation engines are driving Amazon’s Alexa hardware strategy

When one of the world’s largest AI companies rolls out nearly 80 new products, services, and features in the span of roughly an hour as Amazon did on Wednesday, what it all means can be tough to discern. Of course Amazon, the inventor of smart speaker and smart display consumer electronic categories, had more speakers […]

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Amazon’s continued quest to put Alexa everywhere

Announcements at the Amazon devices event this week came at a blistering pace. In a roughly 80-minute span, the company revealed a menagerie of new smart devices that includes speakers, a smart display, a lamp, an oven, a dog tracker, integrations with GM cars, earbuds, a ring, and eyeglasses. These join the growing cadre of […]

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Samuel L. Jackson Is Going To Tell You How To Cook Like A Motherf*cker With Amazon Alexa

The day you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. Instead of waiting for the latest nuggets from Marvel Studios or Chris Rock’s upcoming Saw reboot, fans of Samuel L. Jackson will be able to invite the actor into their own homes. Not literally, of course, but close enough, as Amazon’s Alexa will soon feature […]

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Alexa can soon control your Wi-Fi and brief you on your kid’s homework

Amazon rolled out more than a dozen new devices today in its annual hardware event atop a biodome at company headquarters in Seattle, including eyeglasses and a ring that speak with Alexa, several new speakers, and lots of new devices for the home. Sprinkled in between hardware announcements were a bunch of new ways Alexa […]

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Alexa Presentation Language is now generally available

Following a press event at its Seattle headquarters this morning, Amazon announced that Alexa Presentation Language (APL), the toolset designed to make it easier for developers to create “visually rich” skills for Alexa devices with screens such as Amazon’s Echo Show, Fire TV, Fire Tablet, and Echo Spot, is generally available. Its rollout comes after […]

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Amazon’s $129 Echo Buds with Noise Cancellation Will Rival Apple AirPods

Amazon has introduced a slew of products at a hardware event. Needless to say, the majority of new releases are Echo devices. Interestingly Amazon has also announced their foray into headphones space with Echo Buds. The new Echo Buds are truly wireless and are powered by Bose noise reduction technology. As expected the Echo Buds […]

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Amazon’s Echo Frames are eyeglasses with Alexa

Amazon is rolling out a new line of wearables that work with Alexa today including the Echo Frames eyeglasses and the Echo Loop smart ring.  Echo Frames comes with no display or camera like you may expect from a pair of glasses meant to augment human activity, but includes directional microphones to talk to you, […]

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Amazon unveils Echo Buds, Alexa-enabled earbuds with noise cancellation

During a press conference this morning at the Amazon Spheres in downtown Seattle, Amazon formally announced a widely anticipated new product: first-party earbuds. They’re wireless and cost less than $129, putting them within striking distance of Apple’s AirPods, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds, and other rivals. Noteworthy features include up to 5 hours of battery life and […]

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Amazon debuts doorbell concierge so Alexa can screen your visitors

Amazon today shared plans to roll out Doorbell Concierge, a way for AI assistant Alexa to answer your front door and speak with visitors through Ring video doorbells. Concierge will begin to roll out for Ring premium users starting next year, Amazon VP David Limp said onstage in a presentation at company headquarters in Seattle. […]

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Alexa Guard now detects human activity inside your home

Amazon today introduced a new feature to Alexa Guard, the Alexa feature that sends users notifications when their Echo smart speakers hear the sound of breaking glass or a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm. Alexa Guard can now detect human activity when it’s in Away Mode, and it can be added to Routines. “We’ve been […]

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Amazon announces Echo Glow and new Eero router

Not to be outdone by the AmazonBasics Microwave and Echo Wall Clock it announced last year, Amazon at a press conference this morning unveiled the Alexa Glow, an Alexa companion device with a multicolor LED. Tapping it cycles through colors, predictably. In addition, customers can ask Alexa for a flickering campfire light for playtime, a […]

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Amazon unveils Echo Studio with subwoofer and 3D Dolby sound

Amazon today unveiled the Echo Studio, a smart speaker that works with AI assistant Alexa that includes 3D Dolby Atmos to optimize sound based on room metrics. The Echo Studio includes 3 mid-range speakers — left, right, and top — with directional tweeter and a 5-inch subwoofer for bass and bigger sound. Users can also […]

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