The Amazon Echo is pretty great at understanding your voice out of the box, but Alexa could always use a little help. If she gets a command wrong - or even if she gets it right - open up your Alexa app to give some feedback.
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If you're not interested in splashing out some cash on one of Amazon's Alexa devices but want to use the shopping giant's voice assistant then you'll be able to install it on your Windows PC. Amazon will be integrating Alexa with Microsoft's Cortana, with a new app available. While it's just for US users initially, we can expect it here and in other countries soon, with PCs from Acer, Asus, HP and Lenovo among the first to get support.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
The day we've been waiting for is finally here - we can finally pre-order the Amazon Echo, welcoming her into our homes in early February.
But what exactly will the Aussie Alexa, with her new 'strayn accent, be able to do?
Alexa still hasn't been officially released in Australia. (Hurry up Amazon!) But for those who went down the import route, the original and arguably best smart home assistant just added a neat new feature - you can now ask it to set the mood for you.
Smart home technology has found its way in many of today's households, meaning it's time to learn to code for this booming platform. With the Amazon Alexa Coding Bundle, you can capitalize on the success of Amazon's smart home tech by building your own voice-activated applications.
A while back we detailed how to make your own Amazon Echo device using a Raspberry Pi, but if anything went wrong with it, you'd have to manually reboot the whole thing. It was a pain in the butt. Now, there's an easier way to make your own Echo.
The Amazon Echo is useful to have around the home. It can play podcasts, take reminders and notes, tell you the length of your commute, even control other appliances in your house. But it's unavailable in Australia, and importing it is an expensive proposition if you're not sure you'll use it. Good news though, you can make a fully-functional one using a Raspberry Pi.
It's not terribly difficult to make your own little Alexa-powered voice assistant with a Raspberry Pi, but one caveat is that you have to push a button before you can initiate voice commands. The Raspberry Pi Guy came up with an elegant solution using a Sense Hat.