Amazon's Advanced Voice Recognition for Alexa: Every Detail You Need To Know
Things are looking better for Amazon Echo owners.
If that statement makes you believe that your Echo is going to function even better in the coming months, you are right. The company is finalizing the technical details and privacy restrictions regarding its latest addition to Alexa, its personal digital assistant and the 'voice' that has made the Echo very popular.
According to a recent report from Time, Amazon is left with only integrating a new feature that attaches a particular voice to certain commands when using its digital assistant. Alexa is currently not designed to easily distinguish between voices like other fellow personal digital assistants Google Home, Cortana and Siri, even though it allows multiple accounts that can be switched manually using the Alexa app or by saying 'switch accounts' out loud.
This new feature, also currently known as Voice ID, will now render abilities such as seamless switching between multiple accounts and better hearing of commands much easier. The development comes right on the heels of reports from various customers that Alexa performs commands made by anyone and has a mishearing problem with certain commands and voices.
If you have already integrated the Amazon Echo and other devices that feature Alexa in your everyday life, it’s important to know the details regarding every new update that comes up, including this new feature. Being a Digital Marketing Strategist at Extreme-seo, I must say that this new technology can improve your life and make it easier to manage. Below are some of the things you should expect from Amazon's advanced voice recognition feature for Alexa.
The feature: Advanced Voice Recognition for Alexa
What it adds to Alexa:
• Better recognition and differentiation of individual voices and, even for multiple users such that it knows who’s making the command
• The ability to set particular commands to only the primary account holder’s voice print
• Quick switching of accounts after voice recognition
How it will work
According to Time's report, this advanced recognition feature works by identifying each individual user's voice and personalizing the answers provided accordingly. It does this by matching the voice to a recorded 'voice print' or voice sample and determining who it belongs to.
In addition, primary account holders are able to set the digital assistant to only complete certain commands such as online shopping with their voice print.
The benefits you should expect:
Better recognition of your voice
This is its main advantage. Unlike its rival digital assistants, Alexa isn't designed to understand different voices or differentiate between them. This renders making personalized commands with devices such as the Amazon Echo quite difficult, especially for many users that share one device. Voice ID is expected to distinguish between voices and attach them to their respective accounts as part of its advanced voice recognition feature.
Seamless switching between user accounts within a household
The new feature is expected to make the switch easier with the identification of different voices. This should help with the former method that involved manual switching of accounts within the Alexa app or on the device itself.
Spot on personalized answers
Personalization is expected to get much better with this new feature. By just recognizing the voice making the command, Alexa will be able to draw up results based on your individual tastes and likes from all fields of interest, including music and news.
Less incidences of mishearing
As a result of being able to identify different voices and the accounts attached to them, Alexa is expected to hear and understand commands better than it currently does. Some users have always had to command the assistant thrice before it can understand a command, mainly because of their accent or pronunciation of words. The new feature promises less incidences of mishearing and easier making of commands.
Better control of credit cards and other finances
As a digital assistant that's designed to make online shopping easier, the ability to ensure security and easier management of credit cards should be an mandatory feature. This new feature will make that ability possible, courtesy of the advanced voice recognition that will only enable only primary account holders to complete purchases. Currently, Alexa requires a four digit authentication code to be said out loud to complete a purchase that is being made, but that might prove unnecessary with the 'Voice ID'. Users will now be able to have total control over their purchases with purchases started by non account holders being nullified.
When does it roll out?
Not yet announced.
Apparently, Amazon has been working on the feature from as far back as the summer of 2015.According to the report from Time, the technical details regarding its performance have been finalized and only its privacy restrictions are still holding it back. The eCommerce giant is still working out a way of integrating the feature in Alexa without infringing on users' privacy. Once these details are worked out, Alexa will be better than ever, and stand even with other digital assistants including Google Home, Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana.
In the past, Amazon has come under fire as regards privacy infringements with its range of Echo devices that can record the conversations taking place in a home once the device’s ‘wake word’ is spoken. With this new ‘Voice ID’ feature, these concerns are bound to gain more steam since the device will now be able to identify who says what and when. It is also the major hindrance Amazon is facing before it can integrate the feature on its devices.
Looking to the future
The Amazon Alexa was launched in 2014 as a smart digital assistant that users could rely on for quick information in their areas of interest. As of today, the digit assistant has grown to feature over 10000 skills and functions including setting alarms, playing music, checking the weather etc., and is now compatible with a number of third party apps such as Uber and electric devices including phones and cars.
The addition of an even smarter voice recognition feature is a bigger plus for its users, who can only expect swifter performance should it get officially rolled out.
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