Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service Made Available to Developers
Amazon has made its cloud-based Alexa Voice Service (AVS) available to hardware developers, the company confirms today.
“Today, we’re excited to open up the Alexa Voice Service to any device maker that wants to add Alexa into their products for free. We’ve made adding Alexa incredibly easy for developers – any device with a speaker, an internet connection, and a microphone can integrate Alexa with just a few lines of code. From start-ups to established companies, we can’t wait to see how developers integrate Alexa,” announced Greg Hart, VP for Amazon Echo and Alexa Voice Services.
Alexa is the voice recognition technology that powers Amazon’s Echo home assistant. Third party developers and manufacturers can make use of the numerous software tools of the service.
With Alexa Skills Kit, for example, users can easily integrate new features into Alexa—not only can it make existing products more proficient, but it can also make creation of new products a lot easier.
So what sort of functions a developer can perform with Alexa? Broad. From assisting you in deciding what you should pack in your kid’s lunch to keeping a check on your fitness regime—Alexa does it all for you.
In addition, the Alexa Voice Service has some very important applications for manufacturers as well, who can add the tool to their hardware devices. Alexa will, in turn, establish their connection with those products through a voice medium. For perspective, imagine voice control on your home’s sound system—yes, Alexa can enable you to do that and more.
Is Alexa efficient all the time? This is a rather tough question to answer. The simplest of the answers will be ‘no’, it isn’t; as wrote The New York Times : “Alexa isn’t perfect; far from it, in fact.”