Emotions have been added to Alexa's voice
Amazon has presented two vocal functionalities that will help Alexa achieve a much more natural tone. With Alexa Emotions, Amazon's intelligent assistant can be configured to respond in a "happy/excited" or a "disappointed/empathetic" tone depending on the situation and the type of response required. At the same time, newly developed speaking styles can color speech provided by Alexa via a full range of compatible devices (most notably all of the Echo speakers line), making it more human and intuitive. For example, the news speaking style makes use of a voice and intonation (stresses and pauses etc.
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Image caption Samuel L Jackson 's voice will be offered in both a "clean" and an "explicit" mode for Alexa . In the case of Avengers actor Samuel L In addition, the firm recently added an option to its Alexa app to let users opt out of having their voices transcribed by humans to improve the service's
Amazon has a new, mature-rated voice available for Alexa, first promised back in September: Samuel L. Jackson.
Instead of asking your daily questions to Amazon's very G-rated Alexa, you can ask the assistant to introduce you to Samuel L. Jackson and then select to use the explicit version of the voice option. If you change your mind later and would prefer the clean iteration, you can easily do so in settings.
The company recommends a few questions for users to ask the American actor's Alexa archetype to experience Sam's unique responses:
"Alexa, ask Samuel L. Jackson where he is from.""Alexa, ask Sam to wake me up at 7am.""Alexa, ask Sam Jackson to sing happy birthday."
Though Amazon states Mr. Jackson cannot help users with shopping, lists, reminders, or Skills, he can help users set timers, serenade them with a song, and tell jokes. The company also recommends "get[ting] to know him a little better by asking about his interests and career."
Owners of Alexa-equipped devices can download the voice now for an introductory price of $1. Later, the price tag will jump to $5.
Amazon’s own Echo Buds may have revealed a future fitness tracking feature .
CNBC spotted the mystery option, and so did weBut don’t rule out fitness tracking just yet, because CNBC and The Verge both spotted a new “Fitness” tab in the Echo Buds section of the Alexa app today.