Alexa has always been able to hear your voice but it might be able to actually recognize it soon. Amazon is developing technology for the Echo lineup of home assistant devices that would allow it to recognize the voices of individual users, according to Time. As Time notes, this feature is expected to be applied for general use and security applications. For instance, Alexa could require purchases to need a specific user's voice in order to fully process orders. While Amazon has finished developing much of the technology for voice ID, secondary issues like privacy concerns have delayed the feature rollout, which does not yet have a definite release date.
Amazon is set to give its Echo speaker a radical overhaul - and a screen. According to CNET, Amazon will reveal the new Echo device, codenamed'Knight' next month. Earlier this week it introduced Echo Look, a'style assistant' smart camera priced at $200. According to CNET, Amazon will reveal the new Echo device, codenamed'Knight' next month. Earlier this week it introduced Echo Look, a'style assistant' smart camera priced at $200.
The other day I received a voice notification that my Amazon order for Vitamin D pills (getting ready for a Portland winter) had shipped and was en route to my home. It was a simple gesture that was also communicated via email. But for someone who sends billions of notifications a day, the voice alert got my juices flowing because it represented an exciting future that's starting to come into view. After years of science fiction exposing us to the idea of voice-powered apparatus, we finally live in an era where smart speakers such as Amazon Echo, Google Home and other devices (like Apple's forthcoming HomePod) are at our beck and call to deliver news, music and movies in one moment and then, a few seconds later, change the temperature of our living room.
Amazon has added a new voice recognition feature to its Alexa smart assistant. It allows the smart speaker and apps to recognise users from their voice, and personalise information to them. It comes just days after Google, which already has a similar feature in its Assistant, launched a raft of devices in its bid to topple Amazon in the personal AI war. Amazon's new Echo (£89.99 / $99) has six'shells' users can swap to customise its appearance. The next generation speaker, which is powered by Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, will have a dedicated woofer and a tweeter for the first time, as well as Dolby sound.
How many times have you felt under the weather and wished someone could bring you medicine? A new feature from Alexa might just make that possible. Amazon has recently patented a new feature that would use voice-pattern analysis and sound recognition to identify when you're feeling ill. The program would listen for changes in the pitch and tone of your voice, as well as for identifiers like a blown nose, and then make suggestions based on what it hears. One of the examples in the patent shows a woman with the sniffles.