• Amazon Alexa Coders Can Now Use 8 Different Voices in Their Skills

    4 monthes ago - By Fortune

    Amazon has made it possible for coders to embed eight different computerized voices into their skills for the company's Alexa voice-activated digital assistant.
    The online retail giant said Wednesday that developers can now apply to test the voices, which were built to sound like U.S. English speakers. The point of having access to multiple Alexa voices is so developers can build skills in which users interact with a variety of voices instead of just one.
    For instance, if coders were to create interactive audio stories for Alexa, they could use the new voices to represent different...
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  • Amazon's Alexa Can't Distinguish A Human Voice, But This Tiny Cambridge Startup Might Teach It How

    4 monthes ago - By Forbes

    Audio Analytic is teaching machines how to hear. That could make speakers like the Echo far smarter.
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  • Alexa developers get 8 free voices to use in skills, courtesy of Amazon Polly

    4 monthes ago - By Tech Crunch

    Now Alexa's voice apps don't have to sound like Alexa. Amazon today is offering a way for developers to give their voice apps a unique character with the launch of eight free voices to use in skills, courtesy of the Amazon Polly service. The voices are only available in U.S. English, and include a mix of both male and female, according to Amazon Polly's website .
    Amazon Polly was first introduced at Amazon's re:Invent developer event in November 2016, and has been steadily ramping up its capabilities in the time since. The text-to-speech service today is capable of things like whispering...
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