No need for guessing much, Amazon Alexa is an intelligent personal assistant. It is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, and other real-time information, such as news. Alexa can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation system.
People actually compare it to Siri and Corona, but that’s where they are wrong. It’s similar to Siri and Corona but on a much larger scale. It’s similar to the Jarvis from Iron Man Series.
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Why Amazon Alexa?
Alexa, the voice service that powers Echo, provides capabilities, or skills, that enable customers to interact with devices in a more intuitive way using voice. Examples of these skills include the ability to play music, answer general questions, set an alarm or timer and more. Alexa is built in the cloud, so it is always getting smarter. The more customers use Alexa, the more she adapts to speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences.
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Alexa Skills Kit
The Alexa Skills Kit is a collection of self-service APIs, tools, documentation, and code samples that make it fast and easy for you to add skills to Alexa. All of the code runs in the cloud — nothing is installed on any user device. With the Alexa Skills Kit, you can create compelling, hands-free voice experiences by adding your own skills to Alexa. Customers can access these new skills on any Alexa-enabled device simply by asking Alexa a question or making a command.
Alexa is still under development and has a long way to go. But, it’s a step closer to the future. It’s a huge addition to the IoT development.The first product that is revealed by Amazon is Amazon Echo which works on Alexa.
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In the site, You will find a whole catalog of products. Let’s see about Amazon Echo, a big addition to the future of Amazon.
Amazon had been developing Echo inside its Lab126 offices in Silicon Valley and Cambridge, Massachusetts since at least 2010 in confirmed reports. The device was part of Amazon’s first attempts to expand its device portfolio beyond the Kindle e-reader.The Echo was prominently featured in Amazon’s first-ever Super Bowl ad in 2016.
The device consists of a 9.25 inch (23.5 cm) tall cylinder speaker with a seven-piece microphone array. The device connects to the voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant service Alexa, which respond to the name “Alexa”. This “wake word” can be changed by the user to “Amazon”, “Echo” or “Computer”.
Here is the List of Echo Commands: List of Best Alexa Commands to Control Amazon Echo.