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Technology Alexa is coming to low-spec devices like light switches and thermostats

11:21  26 november  2019
11:21  26 november  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Alexa can now speak Spanish in the US

  Alexa can now speak Spanish in the US As of today, Amazon customers in the US can speak to Alexa in Spanish. They can switch Echo and Alexa Built-In devices to Spanish using the Alexa app, or they can take advantage of multilingual mode. That feature allows Alexa to respond in English or Spanish, depending on which language the question was asked in. Echo and Alexa Built-In devices also support a new Spanish voice, and developers can build new skills for Spanish speaking users. Amazon Music listeners in the US can ask Alexa for new Latin music playlists in Spanish, too.We knew these changes were coming, but that doesn't make them any less significant.

That limited it smart devices that served as a central hub for other things that are controlled by Alexa . "We now offload the vast majority of all of this to Amazon didn't specify yet which devices might use this, but it could mean that you'll just need to yell at your light bulb if you happen to be out of voice

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Amazon's Alexa voice assistant has migrated to a lot of devices of late, including eyeglasses, ear buds and microwave ovens. Now, the company has revealed that it will run on devices with as little as 1MB of memory and a cheap Cortex-M processor. That means you can expect to see Alexa on all kinds of relatively dumb devices from lightbulbs to toys.

  Alexa is coming to low-spec devices like light switches and thermostats

Up until now, Alexa required at least 100MB of RAM and an ARM Cortex-A processor. That limited it smart devices that served as a central hub for other things that are controlled by Alexa.

"We now offload the vast majority of all of this to the cloud," AWS IoT VP Dirk Didascalou told TechCrunch. "The only thing that the device still needs to do is wake word detection." That means companies will be able to reduce material costs by as much as 50 percent using lower-powered chips from NXP, Qualcomm and others, he added.

Amazon didn't specify yet which devices might use this, but it could mean that you'll just need to yell at your light bulb if you happen to be out of voice range of an Echo or other device. "Now you don't need to identify where's my hub -- you just speak to your environment and your environment can interact with you," said Didascalou. "I think that's a massive step towards this ambient intelligence via Alexa."

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Apple Podcasts now works with Echo speakers .
Almost a year to the day after Amazon announced its Echo devices were compatible with Apple Music, the speakers (and other Alexa-enabled devices) now work with Apple Podcasts in the US. The setup process seems pretty straightforward: just connect your Apple ID to the Alexa app. From then on, you can simply ask Alexa to play a certain show, and you'll be able to continue listening from where you left off on another device. Alexa can fast forward through an episode or skip to the next one. You can also set Apple Podcasts as your default podcast service on Alexa.

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