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January 05, 2018Rachel Bennett
The Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS) makes it possible for developers and manufacturers to integrate Alexa directly into their connected products, without the need for natural language understanding or speech recognition technology specialists on their team. Today, we launch the Amazon Alexa Premium Far-Field Voice Development Kit, a new Amazon-developed reference solution for AVS that makes it easier for OEMs to build Alexa-enabled products with premium far-field performance.
The Amazon Alexa Premium Far-Field Voice Development Kit uses the same microphone array configurations found in the Amazon Echo and Echo Show. Devices built with this kit's far-field technology can hear users from across the room, even in noisy environments or while playing music at loud volumes. The “far-field in a chip” architecture of this kit provides an easy-to-integrate audio front-end to developers building Alexa into commercial products. The development kit uses Amazon-developed audio algorithms, wake word engine, and client application technology, delivering a high level of compatibility and the rich feature-set of Alexa functionality.
In creating the Amazon Alexa Premium Far-Field Voice Development Kit, the AVS team focused on a core set of product objectives:
We’re bringing the Amazon Alexa Premium Far-Field Voice Development Kit to market with limited availability. Check back later for information on how to request a kit. For more information, please visit the product page.
“The Amazon Alexa Premium Far-Field Voice Development Kit is a significant step toward advancing our goal to provide tools and resources that help developers bring products to market that integrate with Alexa. This will ultimately bring customers more choice of where and how to access Alexa,” said Priya Abani, Director, Amazon Alexa.
Alexa is always getting smarter with new capabilities and services through machine learning. As a developer, your product also gains access to new capabilities with Alexa through API updates, feature launches, and custom skills. Learn how AVS can add rich voice-powered experiences to your connected products on the AVS Developer Portal.
Have questions? We’re here to help. Visit us on the AVS Forum or Alexa GitHub to speak with one of our experts.