Amazon’s annual Fall product announcement is a highlight for many and has been growing each year. From Echo, Echo, Auto, the failed Fire Phone, Amazon is never at a loss for new tech.
The successful and well-established Echo has a few new features such as…
“Alexa, tell me what you heard?” and “Why did you do that?”
This feature seems unimportant but can help Alexa with learning your voice for a more seamless user interface. Upon asking Alexa those questions, she will tell you exactly what she heard and why Alexa performed a certain action. This allows for users to manage misheard voice commands.
Deleting voice recordings
This feature has been added due to privacy concerns. The commands “delete what I just said” or “delete everything I said today” will do just that. Amazon is also introducing an auto delete Alexa skill which will delete all voice recordings from commands every 3 or 18 months.
Alexa can now sense you are mad at her for not playing the song you wanted. She will apologize and attempt the correct command.
Certain routers can now sync to Alexa to control Wi-Fi settings on the devices in your home. You can say things like” Alexa, pause the Wi-Fi on the iPad.” This feature is great for parents who want to monitor screen time.
This one won’t be popular with kids. A new API will allow education services like grade tracking to connect with Alexa. Linking a school’s API with Alexa can share homework and grade information with parents.
This skill has been announced previously but is finally seeing a launch. If you tend to perform certain actions together or back-to-back, Alexa will pick up on your next action and start it for you (Alexa has a “hunch” what you’re going to do next). For example, turning off the lights or locking the door.