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Amazon Alexa

Amazon Alexa
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Amazon Alexa Review

Amazon Alexa is an application for the voice assistant Alexa. With the right add-ons, it can also control lights, sockets, television, heating, and more. It is still sufficient to say the assistant's name to activate the device and fulfill your wishes. 

How Does It Work

In order to activate the assistant, it is necessary to say "Alexa", and then only with the help of voice commands you can shop in the Amazon online store, order food, listen to music and surf the Web. For the system to be able to accurately execute the command, you must speak clearly. If you introduce it into the “smart home” system or at least buy a special adapter (for an outlet or a lamp), then using voice commands you can control the light, turn off the sockets, adjust the sound of music and so on.

Compatible Devices

The application answers questions, reminds you of things to do, and more. It can control lighting, regulate heating and turn on the TV. To voice control your Smart Home system, you need compatible devices that can communicate with your smartphone.

Usually, the connection works quite simply: devices can be detected by the application directly or through the so-called "gateway" (control center) and the Alexa voice assistant software. Once installed and configured, the devices can be controlled using voice commands such as "Alexa, turn on the device" or "Alexa, dim the living room lights by 20 percent." Finding suitable products is now no longer a problem. Many of the Smart Homes available offer these capabilities or respond directly to Alexa. 

Protect Your Life

If you install special video cameras, "smart locks" on the doors and a fire alarm system, then Alexa will also protect your home from uninvited guests and fire. When the owners of the house are absent, the system will notify them via a smartphone about the doorbell or attempts to enter (if necessary, it’ll turn on the siren). Alexa's virtual assistant is able not only to execute a command, but also to analyze it, anticipate the owner's wishes and moods.

Conclusion

Today the most popular Alexa skills are updating and dubbing news (“flash briefing”), so the owner chooses the categories of interest on their own. But this is only a small part of the functions, and judging by the development of AI, there will be even more functions in the future. While competitors are working to improve technology, Amazon is already talking about Alexa as the main operating system for the "Internet of things".

Cons:

  • Annoying audible interface
  • Not a user-friendly setup
  • Privacy issues

Pros:

  • Easy to install and start using
  • More than 70,000 skills available
  • Wide range of compatible devices
  • Good voice recognition technology
  • Perfect for elderly people

Design and Usability 8

Key Functions 9

Security 7

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