Anytime you call out ‘Alexa’, the devices with built-in Alexa voice activated assistant and Amazon’s Echo speakers for the home will start listening to you. Tasks such as turning on the lights and adjusting the thermostat without interacting with them directly can be possible with internet connected home devices. Users can also call an Uber cab or play music just by saying so. The e-commerce giant is inspiring many other companies by integrating the voice assistant into their products including Google to create a product called Google Home.
Jeff Bezos, CEO at Amazon said in a code conference that the technology in its current state is just the tip of the iceberg. The company’s intentions are to add a lot more skills (same as apps for smartphones) to the voice assistant’s database through third party developers.
The 2000 plus skills currently available for Alexa shows the potential of the platform but also highlights its limitations. Though the company has encouraged Alexa to talk naturally but some specific phrase and keywords have to be used in order for the digital assistant to understand the meaning of the conversation. Users can assign only one task at a time. A company named August is a smart locks manufacturer company whose locks can be locked with the voice command but can’t be unlocked.