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Review

Amazon released its voice-activated assistant, Alexa, in 2014. Alexa is designed to function as a virtual personal assistant and can perform functions such as playing music, setting alarms, providing weather and traffic reports, answering general questions, and accessing Wikipedia articles. Alexa can also connect to other devices, such as thermosta...

Amazon Alexa

  • Greg Burn
  • Jul 31, 2021

Amazon released its voice-activated assistant, Alexa, in 2014. Alexa is designed to function as a virtual personal assistant and can perform functions such as playing music, setting alarms, providing weather and traffic reports, answering general questions, and accessing Wikipedia articles. Alexa can also connect to other devices, such as thermostats.

Features

Users can employ Alexa's voice-activated assistant via a mobile app for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, or by voice command. Alexa can perform tasks such as checking the weather, listening to the news, playing music, or setting a timer. Alexa can also answer queries such as "who is the president of the United States?" or "what is the capital of the United States?"

It has a built in speaker that produces 360 degree omni-directional sound. It has an array of seven microphones, which allow it to hear the user’s voice from across the room. Amazon Alexa is designed to listen for the word "Alexa," and then respond to the user’s request. Amazon Alexa has the cognitive computing power of Amazon Web Services (AWS). It is designed to respond to a variety of voice commands through the user's device and then perform an action with the appropriate device in the home. Amazon Alexa can also communicate with devices such as switches, thermostats, and lights. The user can also use his or her voice to control other smart devices and appliances that are connected to Alexa.

Design

Amazon designed Alexa to be an interactive, conversational voice assistant. Users can interact with Alexa via a mobile app for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, or by voice command. Alexa responds to queries by providing information, or producing an audible sound.

Information about usability

Alexa is designed to function as a virtual personal assistant and can perform functions such as playing music, setting alarms, providing weather and traffic reports, answering general questions, and accessing Wikipedia articles. Alexa can also connect to other devices, such as thermostats.

Conclusion

Amazon Alexa is a voice-activated virtual assistant developed by Amazon that can be found in the Amazon Echo and other products. It was created by the Amazon Lab126, a research and development company based in Cupertino, California. Amazon Alexa is currently available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and India. It is designed to respond to a variety of voice commands through the user's device and then perform an action with the appropriate device in the home. Amazon Alexa can also communicate with devices such as switches, thermostats, and lights. The user can also use his or her voice to control other smart devices and appliances that are connected to Alexa.

Pros:
  • Alexa can perform tasks such as checking the weather, listening to the news, playing music, or setting a timer
  • Alexa can answer queries such as "who is the president of the United States?" or "what is the capital of the United States?" Alexa can connect to other devices, such as thermostats
Cons:
  • Alexa's voice-activated assistant requires a wireless internet connection in order to function
  • Alexa is not available in various languages
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