We are happy to announce the next evolution of our testing tools for Alexa skill developers. Now you can use the Test Simulator (Beta) to test your Alexa skill without owning a device.[Read More]
You now have more ways to earn money with your Alexa skills through in-skill purchasing and Amazon Pay. These features are currently available in developer preview, and will be available broadly in 2018.[Read More]
Amazon is happy to announce that Alexa, the brain behind the Amazon Echo, is coming to Japan, along with several Alexa-enabled devices: Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot.
AmazonはAmazon Echoを支える頭脳であるAlexaが、Amazon Echo、Echo Plus、Echo Dot というAlexaの使えるデバイスとともに、日本に展開すると発表しました。[Read More]
Last month, we announced that Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus and Alexa were coming to India. Today we’re excited to announce that the web-based simulator Echosim.io is now available for developers building skills using the English (IN) language model.[Read More]
Today, we’re excited to announce reserved seating is open for the Amazon Alexa session tracks and hackathons at AWS re:Invent 2017, the largest gathering of the global Amazon developer community.[Read More]
Today, we are incredibly excited to announce a new feature for Alexa developers to take advantage of: entity resolution. This enables you to define synonyms for the Alexa Service to resolve rather than having to figure this out in your code.[Read More]
Today, Amazon introduced Echo Show, a new device that brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. We are also adding new capabilities to the Alexa Skills Kit that will enable you to optimize your skills for the screen and connect smart home cameras to Alexa.[Read More]
We are thrilled to introduce a new Amazon device with Alexa: Echo Look, a hands-free camera and style assistant that helps customers look their best.[Read More]
The Alexa Diabetes Challenge, sponsored by Merck & Co., calls on innovators to experiment with creating holistic voice-enabled solutions that are designed to improve the lives of those with type 2 diabetes.[Read More]
Voice technology carries enormous promise, as many people know from their interactions with Alexa, the voice service that powers devices like Amazon Echo. Our teams here at Amazon are working hard to unlock that potential, but innovation requires a collective effort, from large companies like ours to two-person startups, and from casual hobbyists to major academic institutions.
Today, we’re excited to announce the Alexa Fund Fellowship, a new program to support universities and researchers focused on transformative voice technologies such as text-to-speech (TTS), natural language understanding (NLU), automatic speech recognition (ASR) and conversational artificial intelligence (AI).
Alexa Fund Fellows will receive funding, access to Alexa devices, and mentoring from an Alexa Science team member to develop an undergraduate or graduate curriculum around one or more of these disciplines. The year-long program culminates in a demo day where students can showcase their work for peers, university faculty and members of the Alexa team.
We’re also pleased to announce our first group of university participants: Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Johns Hopkins University, University of Southern California (USC), and University of Waterloo. Both Carnegie Mellon and Waterloo have already chosen fellows and begun offering classes for engineering students, while courses from Johns Hopkins and USC will begin in fall 2017.[Read More]
Today we’re excited to announce that the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) is now available for developers building voice-enabled products for the UK and Germany. AVS localization provides you with language and region-specific services to expand your audience and delight new customers. With a few lines of code, you can upgrade any product with Alexa to access localized languages and skills in the UK, Germany, and US. Now your end customers can speak with Alexa and receive responses and content in their preferred language and region.[Read More]
Today we are announcing the expansion of the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) to the UK and Germany. This update enables device manufacturers to reach and delight even more customers with localized language models for the cloud-based ASR, NLU and TTS engines, and region-specific skills and content. Your AVS device can now converse in German, get a Flash Briefing from Sky Sports, or call for an Uber in London.
Follow the steps in this blog to prepare your product for use in the UK and Germany.[Read More]
The home is rapidly evolving thanks to the proliferation of connected devices and advancements in voice recognition technology. Together, new smart home products and voice control services are giving customers greater control over their homes.
Amazon and Intel see a tremendous opportunity to bring the benefits of a personal voice experience to millions of new consumers and are collaborating to encourage developers and device manufacturers to extend natural voice interaction to more products via Amazon Alexa.
The collaboration will enable partners to build new devices with Alexa using an Intel-based smart speaker form factor reference design coming in Q1 2017, as well as make it easier to create skills that work with the Intel-based Smart Home Hub.
Intel is working with Amazon to deliver smart speaker form factor reference designs (FFRD) with Alexa that make it easier for device manufacturers to build products with high-performance, far-field voice interaction. The first FFRD will be available starting in Q1 2017 and will offer device makers:
The FFRD combines Intel’s platform technology advancements with Amazon’s ever-smarter Alexa Voice Service to accelerate innovation among device manufacturers and the developers building new skills for all Alexa-enabled products.[Read More]