Amazon Alexa or Alexa is a virtual assistance. It is an AI technology developed by Amazon. And, was first used on Amazon’s Echo speaker but later became a product itself. Also, capable of voice interaction, making lists, setting alarms, streaming music, podcasts, audiobooks and provide real time information of weather, traffic, sports, news etc.
Alexa can control multiple devices around the house using home automation system. It allows Alexa to connect any smart devices via Bluetooth or wireless connection. To operate Alexa an input of the ‘wake word’ is required. In Alexa’s case the wake word is simply ‘Alexa’ or ‘Alexa wake’. Alexa is available in few languages. This includes – English, German, French, Hindi, Española, Portuguese and Japanese.
Alexa was launched in November of 2014. The developers chose the name Alexa because its hard emphasis on the letter ‘X’, helping the device to recognize the wake word with higher precision.
In 2015 Alexa Fund was programmed to invest in companies. That developed the same technology or even better.
The fund raised $200 USD and invested in companies including Jargon, Ecobee, Orange Chef, MARA, Toymail, Mojio, Garageio and Scout Alarm. As of January 2019, Alexa records to have sell over 100 million units. Hence, is welcomed in a new household every second. In April it branched out to Brazil and Portuguese.
New devices launched
In September of 2019, Amazon launched many new devices achieving many records. The new Echo Studio is the first smart speaker with 360 sound and Dolby sound, Echo dot with a clock embedded in a fabric, third new generation of Amazon Echo, Echo Show8, a plug-in Echo device, Echo Flex, Alexa in wireless earphones and in spectacles, Echo Buds, Echo Frames and Alexa built-in Ring and Echo Loop.
Alexa is a virtual assistance, it does mostly all the basic works you need an assistant to do, like checking the weather, setting an alarm, making a to-do list and the list goes on.
Alexa operates on Fire OS 5.0 and later, iOS 11.0 , then on Android 4.4. Platforms it performs in are, Amazon Echo, Fire OS, iOS, Android, Cortana and Linux. Alexa’s question answering ability is powered by Wolfram’s Language. It converts sound frequencies into text and then searches various sources for answer. This helps the Wolfram to gather more questions and improve on giving more accurate answer every time. In home automation space. It can interact with smart devices manufactured by SNAS, Fibaro, Belkin, echobee, Geeni. Philips Hue, SmartThings, Wink, LightwaveRF, NEST, IFTTT, Yonomi and Insteon.
The Home automation technology was launched on April 8 2015. Lastly for the main widely used feature on Alexa is, Music. Alexa supports a multitude of free and paid streaming services. The few, Spotify, Amazon Music, Wynk, Apple Music, TuneIN, Audible, IHeartRadio and Pandora. Alexa can stream any and all music available in a particular region. It can play thousands of audio books and unlimited access to various podcasts, playlists and streaming stations.
Can perform other tasks as well, sports, messaging and calling, any business task, calculation and so on. There’s a number of possibilities for Alexa with many out-of-box skills.