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.
Enabling Product Development with Intel and Amazon Alexa
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:
- Accelerated development of Alexa voice-enabled smart speakers on Intel architecture.
- Voice as the primary interface, allowing Alexa skills developers to build capabilities that reach even more end users.
- Requisite speakers and microphone arrays expected from smart speakers, as well as the home radios that support the standards needed for PAN connectivity in the home, including Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Z-Wave, and Bluetooth, and is extensible enough to add video capabilities and environment sensors for an all-in-one customer experience.
- An SDK that enables developers to add voice and video capabilities to connected products.
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.
Adding Alexa to the Intel-Based Smart Home Hub
Intel has also made it easier for their customers to bring voice enablement to connected products, allowing end users to ask questions, control smart devices, and more. With the home automation and management application from Intel’s partner MiOS, their Smart Home Hub can initiate Alexa skills and create customized scenes to provide a central intelligence point in the home.
Developers can now leverage the Intel-based Smart Home Hub for onboarding devices across an expanding Intel and Amazon network to fully integrate into the home with the power of Alexa. This will allow end users to interact more naturally with the technology in their homes.
A truly smart home is one that provides users with experiences that ease the tasks of running a home and enrich daily life. With voice as the central interface, customers have an even more natural way to manage the hundreds of tasks they experience every day. Learn more about the Intel-based Smart Home Hub and its capabilities.
AWS re:Invent attendees can experience Intel and Alexa firsthand in Intel’s TINY Smart Home located just outside the Expo Hall at The Park. See how Intel and Alexa can transform daily tasks in this 210-square foot home.
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