Unlikely AI raises $20 million
William Tunstall-Pedoe was a Senior member of the team that invented, built and launched Amazon Alexa raised $20 million to fund a new startup in the UK.
William Tunstall-Pedoe founded voice … Read more
Did they consider this when ‘Alexa’ was chosen?
Law of unintended consequences!
Amazon Alexa, also known simply as Alexa, is a virtual assistant technology primarily based on a Polish speech synthesiser named Ivona, bought by Amazon in 2013. But back … Read more
Control Nest products with Amazon Alexa
Google offers a Smart Home skill for integrating your Nest devices with Amazon’s Alexa home control.
With the Google Nest skill for Amazon Alexa, you can do things like:
The … Read more
Amazon wants voice assistants to talk to each other
Alexa Adds Flexibility for Multi-Voice Assistant Devices
Amazon has long championed the idea of running multiple voice assistants on the same device. Now, it wants to help those assistants work … Read more
Ziggy or Alexa “What are my privacy settings?”
Try this… “What are my privacy settings?” You’ll be told how long your voice recordings will be saved. You’ll also be told if a human can review those recordings to … Read more
Which of Alexa vs Google Assistant is best for your smart home?
In this fascinating article, the two leading voice assistants are tested head to head.
>> Both assistants can recognise more than one voice. Called Voice Match (Google Assistant) and Voice … Read more
Voiceovers by absent (or deceased) actors
Earlier this summer, at the re: MARS conference—an Amazon-hosted event focusing on machine learning, automation, robotics, and space—Rohit Prasad, head scientist and vice president of Alexa AI, aimed to wow … Read more
Apple may be working on an Amazon Echo Show rival
How to Enable Brief Mode
What’s the one thing that people always complain about with virtual assistants? The fact that they talk too much! If you find Alexa’s responses too long, you can enable Brief … Read more
Fifth word you can use to wake up Alexa – Ziggy
All wake word options can be used with male or female voice options.
Customers in the UK can now try a new wake word for their Echo devices – “Ziggy”. … Read more