Do you know that you can walk into a dark room in your house and request for light and it comes on without touching anything? Such is made possible by smart speakers like Amazon Echo with Amazon Alexa. Sometimes they are referred to as personal assistants or virtual assistants because of what they do. Amazon Alexa assists in doing little chores in the house and can be integrated with home appliances to do even more.
Alexa is particularly useful for smart-home users because it lets you control your Alexa-enabled devices such as Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, Echo Show, Amazon Echo Plus and Echo Dot Kids Edition without having to take out your phone and launch an app. They are not here to only help with your routine tasks but to entertain you as well. Alexa and Echo speakers are different from other first-generation voice assistants because of their responsiveness. There is no activation button that one could press.
What exactly is Amazon Alexa?
Basically, Alexa is to Amazon what Siri is to Apple. It is Amazon’s voice-control package. Amazon Alexa is sometimes referred to as the Amazon Echo. They work hand-in-hand, Echo is hardware while Alexa is software. Alexa is the brains behind the Echo and all the things you can do with it. And because it is software, its available on more than just Amazon’s own devices. Alexa has been integrated into many of Amazon’s services and can be used in products like Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, and others. Alexa allows you to convey your messages to an Echo smart speaker and watch them happen.
How does Amazon Alexa operate?
Alexa is always listening and is quick to respond. The default wake word is “Alexa,” but can be changed to “Echo,” “Amazon,” or “Computer.” Once you say the wake word, the microphone takes everything you say next and beams it up to Amazon’s cloud computers for quick analysis. If it’s a question it can answer, a slightly computery female voice responds from the speaker. You don’t have to give your command twice because Alexa has very sensitive microphones built into all its Echo devices.
Does Alexa solve it all?
Though Alexa can do a lot, it still has some limitations. Sometimes, the response is not exactly what you want. On the other hand, one of the major uses of Alexa is to ask questions yet it does not know all the answers. Google home is preferrable if asking questions is the primary use as google has all the answers. Sometimes, noise or interferences will not let Alexa hear well.
Amazon Alexa has a lot of interesting features which are capable of making chores easier and this has made it one of the most wanted tools in every home. It is being used everywhere, and it’s ready to take over the world of communication. Alexa can be used for business purpose to improve customer experience and enable efficiency. Amazon is trying to build Alexa that will sound more like human to be a true assistant for most of your needs.