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'Alexa, call 911' won't work. Here's what will

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Recently, a New Mexico sheriff thanked Amazon's connected Echo speaker for getting his staff to the scene of the crime and ending a domestic violence incident. The Amazon Echo connected speaker isn't set up to make emergency phone calls due to regulatory rules that insist that devices must have the ability to receive incoming calls. Apple's Siri touts how you can call 911 hands free (Photo: Apple) Then there's Siri, Apple's voice assistant that is the most widely used since it's been on iPhones since 2011. So what happens if someone falls to the ground, can't reach the phone, but is somehow able to direct Siri to call 911 hands free, yet can't get to the phone to actually talk to the police?


Amazon Wants To Put Alexa On Phones But What Can It Do Better Than Google Assistant And Apple Siri?

International Business Times

While Google Assistant, Apple Siri, and Samsung Bixby are squaring against each other by offering different features, Amazon Alexa is on a different track altogether. Unlike Apple Siri which made its journey from a smartphone to a smart speaker, Amazon's Alexa did quite the opposite. However, as compared to voice assistants such as Google Assistant and Apple Siri, Alexa's performance is far from being perfect. In fact, users need to download two apps -- Amazon Alexa and HTC Alexa to make the voice assistant work on Alexa-enabled phones such as HTC U11 and Huawei Mate 9.


An Amazon Echo Can't Call the Police--But Maybe It Should

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On Monday, news reports took Bernalillo County authorities' version of those events credulously, heralding the home assistant as a hero. The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department reported, specifically, that when a man drew a gun on his wife in a home where an Amazon Echo was placed, he said to her, "Did you call the sheriffs?" To people like Dan Reidenberg, who has advised Facebook's suicide prevention policies and is the executive director of SAVE, a national suicide prevention network, Alexa represents a massive opportunity to have another source to help with suicide, depression, and mental health crises. And divorcing Alexa and Google Home's listening abilities from their wake words would wreak havoc on your privacy.


Imitation of Intelligence : Exploring Artificial Intelligence! - Home

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Cognitive computing, machine learning, natural language processing – different aspects have emerged as the development of the technology has progressed in recent years. Google Home: the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages. Artificial Intelligence, Human Intelligence exhibited by Machines, is the broader concept of machines being able to perform tasks which imitate human intelligence i.e artificial. Going a step ahead to avoid this complexity of learning concepts of AI and algorithmic journey of ML, to provide with a platform to develop an AI application with simple logistic and freeing developer to focus on AI problem statement to solve is the next advancement.


Google connects Home's voice commands to your uploaded music

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A new tweak for Google Home makes it easier to access music you've uploaded, even if you're not a Google Play Music subscriber. While Google Play Music customers could already listen to uploaded or purchased music by either selecting it on another device and using the Cast feature or putting it in a playlist, a new update rolling out means you can ask for your tracks directly by voice. If Google Play Music isn't your default music player, you need to say "Ok Google, play X on Google Play Music " to hear subscription/free radio/uploaded/purchased music. Only personal playlists will be prioritized above your default music player.


Amazon Echo 2 Will Reportedly Copy Design Elements From Apple's HomePod

International Business Times

It's been more than two years since the Amazon Echo smart speaker was released in the United States, and Amazon is believed to be debuting a successor later this year. A new report claims that the Amazon Echo 2 will look similar to Apple's HomePod. It's possible that Amazon intends to improve the microphone technology on the new Echo smart speaker by improving the software and acoustic modeling. The direct successor to the Amazon Echo might look very similar to the Apple HomePod.


Amazon is probably going to release another Echo speaker later this year

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Amazon is reportedly planning to release another Echo later this year, according to Engadget. Adding another Echo to the lineup would bring the total number of Alexa-enabled smart speakers to five (six if you count the Tap speaker), and it would be the third new one to launch this year. SEE ALSO: Amazon's Echo Show needs apps to actually be useful The new Echo will reportedly come with a number of improvements over the regular Echo. Amazon recently released the Echo Show with a 7-inch touchscreen and the Echo Look is rolling out as an invite-to-buy product later this year.


Amazon's next Echo will be more like Apple's HomePod

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Amazon is also improving the new Echo's microphone technology, though it's unclear how it's doing so. The current model features an array of seven far-field mics, while the HomePod has six and Google Home has two. Apple's HomePod is also significantly smaller, and it packs in plenty of new technology that the Echo doesn't. The company could conceivably stick with the Echo's current $180 pricing, which hasn't budged since it launched.


Police: Amazon Alexa didn't call 911, but it did call us about domestic dispute

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When we asked if there are any conditions under which this scenario could have occurred with an Amazon Echo Device, a spokesperson added, "Alexa calling and messaging does not support calling 911, nor is the Alexa calling and messaging service able to connect to third-party calling services to do so." Some of the confusion surrounding this story can be traced back to the original police report, which Bernalillo County Sheriff Dept. At this point Alexis [sic] which Affiant knows to be a Google Smart Radio, heard "call Sheriff's". Virtually all smart assistants, including smart home speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home, listen only for their trigger words -- "Alexa" and "Okay, Google" ("Hey, Siri" for Apple's Siri) -- before listening for general commands and acting.


Google Home, Apple Watch, Nest Protect And Philips Hue's Life Saving Features And Emergency Responses

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Reports said a smart speaker saved the life of a woman and her daughter in New Mexico by alerting authorities to an alleged assault last week. There are some companies that are bettering the smart speaker's capabilities to respond in emergency situations. Not just smart speakers, other smart devices have saved lives in the past. In case you are not home, they will also coordinate with smart cameras and the Nest Protect system to alert you of any danger.