Amazon now lets you text Alexa on iOS to ask for things instead of only using your voice

Amazon is testing a new feature for its iOS Alexa app: the ability to type out Alexa commands, instead of having to ask questions or requests by speaking out loud.

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“Type with Alexa is a Public Preview feature available to iOS Alexa app customers allowing you to interact with Alexa without using voice, meaning everything you can currently say to Alexa can now also be typed using your Alexa mobile app. Type with Alexa is available to iOS customers in the U.S.,” said an Amazon spokesperson.

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The new feature — first spotted by The Ambient — is available for iOS users in the Alexa app. To access it, simply tap the keyboard icon that now appears on the top left of the main menu of the app. The typed-out commands should work identically to verbal ones, although

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Voiceitt, Amazon Announce Collaboration Between Alexa And ‘Superpower’ Speech Technology

In a blog post published Thursday, Amazon and speech startup Voiceitt announced a collaboration that aims to make Alexa more accessible to people with atypical speech. Voiceitt is an app that uses machine-learning and speech recognition technologies to help those with speech impairments communicate and be more easily understood.

In a press release, Voiceitt acknowledged the popularity of smart speakers and digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa—despite their massive popularity, however, they can prove inaccessible to those with various types of speech delays. This can make the communicatively impaired feel as though they are excluded from using voice-first devices. Teaching a machine fluent speech is hard enough; teaching a machine to learn atypical speech is exponentially more challenging. Thus, Voiceitt “recognized the opportunity to expand its technology offering to facilitate not only in-person communication but also interaction with voice activated and controlled devices.”

“We’re excited

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L&T Technology Services selected as a Consulting and Professional Services provider for Amazon to support Alexa integration in devices

BANGALORE, India–(BUSINESS WIRE)–L&T Technology Services Limited (BSE: 540115, NSE: LTTS), a leading global pure-play engineering services company, today announced that it has been selected as a Consulting and Professional Services (CPS) provider to support Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS) integration in various connected devices spanning multiple domains and industries.

Alexa, the Amazon cloud-based voice service, is available on devices from both Amazon and third-party manufacturers and powers connected devices. AVS also manages the services and infrastructure required for Alexa experiences on Alexa built-in devices, and provides a suite of device APIs, SDKs, hardware kits, and documentation to enterprises across the world.

As technology revolutionizes every aspect of human life, products too have become more complex and smart with a combination of hardware, sensors, data storage, microprocessors, software, and connectivity. To ideate new voice activated products and expand the availability of voice recognition service across consumer and industrial digital

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Amazon focuses on another use for Alexa as Echo Frames smart glasses are now available

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Amazon’s vision of how people will continue to use its voice assistant Alexa includes Echo Frames, a smart glasses product that is moving from invite-only to general availability.

Echo Frames were part of a program at the tech giant called Day 1 Editions, which introduces products to a select group of users in order to generate feedback and continue development. The glasses were first introduced in September 2019 at the company’s annual devices event in Seattle.

The key feature of the smart glasses is Alexa connectivity, via smartphone Bluetooth, right at a user’s temples. The frames deliver open-ear audio directed toward the ears to allow users to make a phone call, listen to music, hear notifications and more, without inserting anything in the ear. Nothing is projected onto the lenses of the glasses.

Whether “the little voice in your head” is something you’d want

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Best Alexa devices for 2020: From Ecobee thermostats to Wyze security camera

Black Friday is around the corner, which means great deals on gadgets. Amazon’s own annual fall event brought announcements of dozens of new Amazon products and Alexa features, as usual, including our new favorite Amazon Echo smart speaker. Also new is the Wyze Cam for 2020, a fantastic device at a mouth-wateringly low price.

Alexa has long ruled the roost when it comes to smart home integration, and this year Amazon’s voice assistant is bringing even more impressive integrations to your countertop. This list is updated periodically, so check back often for the most up-to-date recommendations. 

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Amazon’s Echo Dot with Clock was our previous favorite Alexa speaker, but with this year’s new product line, the flagship fourth-generation Echo speaker gets the nod. At $100, the spheroidal new speaker is a little more expensive than the $50 fourth-generation Echo Dot, but the improvements in sound quality and some

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Amazon’s new Alexa feature uses AI to infer what users really want

Amazon today announced a new Alexa feature for U.S.-based English-language users that enables devices powered by the assistant to infer latent goals, or goals implicit in requests but not directly expressed. For instance, if a user says “How long does it take to steep tea?,” Alexa might follow up with “Five minutes is a good place to start” and the question “Would you like me to set a timer for five minutes?”

According to Amazon, dialog transitions like these require a number of AI algorithms under the hood. A machine learning-based trigger model decides whether to anticipate a latent goal by factoring in aspects of the context including text of a user’s session and whether the user has engaged with Alexa’s suggestions in the past. If the model finds the context suitable, the system suggests an Alexa app to address the latent goal.

Those suggestions are based on relationships learned

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Amazon beefs up machine learning in Alexa to predict ‘latent goals’ that aren’t directly expressed

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Alexa is getting smarter.

Amazon’s voice assistant in the U.S. can now predict “latent goals,” or potential requests that a user doesn’t explicitly ask.

In the example above, when a user asks for the weather at Seaside Beach, Alexa responds with the weather, then asks if the user wants to set a live camera feed of Seaside Beach on the screen.

Or, as described in a blog post, a user could say: “how long does it take to steep tea?” Alexa would answer with “five minutes is a good place to start,” then follow with “Would you like me to set a timer for five minutes?”

Amazon uses a “deep-learning-based trigger model” that analyzes the conversation and past interaction history, among other data, to help Alexa figure out appropriate times to ask these types of follow-up questions.

Early data shows that latent-goal discovery is increasing

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