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ALEXA

 

Are you thinking of an assistant who can perform various tasks for you by just giving it instructions that will ease you of stress and make your life a lot easier?

Guess what?

ALEXA got you covered

What is ALEXA?

It is also known as Amazon Alexa, was first released on March 16, 2013. A technology developed by Amazon as a virtual assistant capable of numerous functions such as voice interactions, music playback, making a to-do list, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks and providing weather, traffic sports and other real-time information such as news and lots more.

Alexa is an intelligent personal assistant, cloud-based voice service, which is voice-activated. It is designed to make life more meaningful and more fun simply by voice controlling your world.

 

DEVICES THAT MAKES USE OF ALEXA?

Alexa is designed around Amazon's own Echo devices such as speakers (Standard Echo, Echo Plus, Echo studio and Echo Dot) and devices that feature display (Echo show, Echo show 5, Echo show 8 and echo spot) gives visual feedback.

Other devices that offer ALEXA voice control include Sonos one, Sonos move, Bose home speakers, and third-party devices such as Apps, speakers, televisions, wearable and cars.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Alexa is activated by using a wake word (Alexa or Amazon) or by pushing a button to activate Alexa on devices with Alexa; once started, it switches to its listening mode to take up instructions, which then listens to the command and execute the appropriate function, question or skill. Alexa answers questions by converting the user's voice into text and check various websites for the answer.

OTHER FUNCTIONS OF ALEXA.

It has over 90,000 functions (skills) accessible to users to download on their enabled devices, some of which include

  • Ordering of foods
  • Streaming media and music (from Amazon music, prime music, amazon music unlimited, apple music, Tunetin, iHeartRadio, Audible, Pandora and Spotify premium)
  • Update user on sport news
  • Traffic updates
  • Weather Alerts

 

ALEXA IN THE HOME.

Apart from the general functions of Alexa, it can also connect and control other smart devices in the home, at this moment, using itself as a home automation system. It is possible with Alexa to click on light bulbs to switch them on or off with your voice and the home's heating controls to alter the house's temperature. Other devices that support Alexa commands can be used to access any home device that has been connected to Alexa.

  •  March, 30, 2021
  • Olayemi Rotimi
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