Google Now was first. Microsoft Cortana and Siri followed, and now it is Amazon’s turn to take over our homes and get us accustomed with the entertaining world of virtual assistants. The smooth and obeying voice of Alexa, the activated personal assistant by Amazon will help you get through with some easy tasks, to make you feel important, bossy and entertained by the feeling that someone is actually listening to you even when you are impossibly demanding.
Amazon Echo is the voice activated personal assistant that relies on Alexa, a search and analytics service widely used across diversified services. Alexa answers your questions, reads audio books from audible.com and plays music from Amazon library.
Just like Siri does with Apple HomeKit, Alexa can control home appliances such as bulbs and smart switches. The interesting difference between the two is that Alexa is not exclusively reliant on Amazon devices. It was only addressed exclusively in Amazon’s voice command device, Echo, that is, but now has a much wider availability.
With this smart strategy, Amazon tries to get a wider reach and to challenge everyone, from developers, corporations and tech savvies to build into their upcoming projects. Alexa works on kindles, tablets and the list can go on.
For a first attempt, Amazon manages to do quite a good job. The device is connected to a companion mobile app that can engage Echo to the home WiFi access point. Echo is also equipped with a remote control, allowing you to direct the device through a simple press of a button rather than voice commands. You can of course place orders on Amazon.com and do some other simple but entertaining things, while the gadget simply listens and does what it’s told. Quite entertaining, eh?
Its release already echoed in a wide reach, as a large number of businesses already registered the system for extensive use. StubHub, AOL Intiuit and Glimpse are only three of the large companies that adhered to Amazon Echo equipped with Alexa.
We’re wondering what Apple will say in the short coming future about the Amazon almost instant success. They will certainly need to come up with something much more advanced and complex to beat the fresh Amazon release.
Alexa is designed to become the queen of voice-assistants, as seven companies already gathered together with Amazon to develop a fitness gadget, a cooking app ( Beware, Chef Watson, powered by IBM), a home monitoring system ( ouch, Apple HomeKit), a voice controlled voice-assistant ( say something, Siri), all powered by queen Alexa.May the battle of voice assistants begin!
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