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June 22, 2017

Martha Kang

Ring, which makes outdoor home security products, built a skill for Alexa using the new camera capability in the Smart Home Skill API. This skill enables Ring customer to say, “Alexa, show me the front door,” then be able to see and listen to the visitor at the front door on Echo Show.

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June 15, 2017

Martha Kang

“We've been thinking about voice for quite some time,” says John Ouseph, GE Appliances’ technology manager for Connected Appliances. “There just wasn't a really clear path to market until Alexa came out.”

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June 12, 2017

Martha Kang

When Alexa made its German debut in 2016, mytaxi, a taxi-hailing service, knew voice-first experiences would change the way people interact with its devices and services.

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June 12, 2017

Nadine Rothkamp

„Als Alexa 2016 in Deutschland eingeführt wurde, wusste das Team von mytaxi, dass Sprachassistenten („Voice first“) ein neues Interaktionsniveau mit Geräten und Dienstleistungen ermöglichen würden.“

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May 31, 2017

Ted Karczewski

Alexa and ecobee are at the forefront of voice user interface (VUI) design. We spoke with Tarun Tuli, director of embedded systems at ecobee, to learn how he and his team are approaching product development with voice control as the primary user interface.

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May 26, 2017

Martha Kang

Simplicity is at the core of all Hive devices, which made integration with Alexa a natural next step, says Elvin Nagamootoo, Hive product lead. Using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), the Hive team built a smart home skill and a custom skill.

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May 10, 2017

Martha Kang

The 60dB team wants to reach listeners where they are. That’s why the Amazon Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices were the next logical step for 60dB—even before porting the app to other mobile platforms.

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May 04, 2017

Martha Kang

Mylestone Memories skill for Alexa

Mylestone is a company that transforms memories into unique, audible stories. And its Alexa skills helps customers relive their most precious moments at any time, right on their device with Alexa.

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April 26, 2017

Martha Kang

DineTime built a skill to enable customers to say, “Alexa, tell DineTime to add my name to the waitlist” before they head out the door. That way, they get the waiting out of the way while they’re en route to the restaurant.

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April 21, 2017

Zoey Collier

Back in January, Alexa shared the keynote stage with two leaders form Acumatica, a leading innovator of cloud ERP and CRM solutions, at the Acumatica Summit 2017.  Together, they showed Alexa clearly has a head for business. 

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April 17, 2017

Ted Karczewski

In the 12 months since Invoxia launched Triby, its voice-controlled speaker and communications device with Alexa, the company has learned how to further optimize its flagship device to complement family life with new IoT and smart home features. Invoxia will launch the new Triby IO this summer.

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April 12, 2017

Martha Kang

We all have dirty laundry, but few of us enjoy dealing with it. So the founders of Laundrapp set out to take the work out of laundry. They created an app to enable UK consumers to offload their dirty laundry to Laundrapp. Then they added Alexa to make laundry faster, easier, and hands-free.

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April 11, 2017

Martha Kang

When fans of University of California, Irvine’s Anteaters want the latest news on their team, they simply ask Alexa. UCI’s Alexa skill delivers game results, team updates, and special announcements whenever fans ask.

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April 06, 2017

Martha Kang

Sixteen-year-old Austin Wilson loves building things. He enjoys figuring out how things are put together then finding ways to improve on them.

When Austin’s uncle noticed the teen’s knack for problem solving, he urged Austin to learn to code. That was five years ago, and the high school junior from Rocky River, Ohio has learned a number of programming languages since.

Last summer, Austin interned at a software company where he added C# and ASP.NET to the list. As his next step, he wanted to add artificial intelligence to his Raspberry Pi (RPi). A Google search led Austin to Hackster’s Internet of Voice Challenge (IoV) with Raspberry Pi where he discovered Alexa.

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March 30, 2017

Bertrand Vacherot

When the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) launched in late 2015, developers began building engaging experiences for voice, ranging from simple to innovative. Today, an interdisciplinary team of students from Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) is pushing the boundaries of what we can achieve. Meet Audrey Higgins (writer), Mohammed Tauseef (AWS and Unity integration), Na-Yeon Kim (2D/3D artist), Longyi Cheng (Unity Gameplay programmer), and Shuang You (3D artist).

Their class assignment: build a prototype, in two weeks, of a fully immersive virtual world. Specifically, the team created A.L.Ex.A. (The Assistant Linked Extemporization Array), a VR experience that follows a talkative repair drone destined to help users (or “guests” as they’re known in the VR world) stranded on remote system Planet 532.

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