Beginning today, customers in the U.S. can ask Alexa to speak slower or speak faster, enabling Alexa to adapt to a diverse set of customer needs. Whether customers ask Alexa for the weather, the latest news, a sports update, about an upcoming event on their calendar, for a definition, and more, they can now choose from seven speeds – Alexa’s standard speaking rate, four faster speaking rates, and two slower speaking rates. Simply say “Alexa, speak slower,” or “Alexa, speak faster” to adjust Alexa’s speech to the preferred pace on any Alexa-enabled device. To reset Alexa’s speaking rate, simply say, “Alexa, speak at your default rate.”
When we introduced Alexa in November 2014, she could do 13 things – she could tell you the weather, play music, answer basic questions, set timers, and catch you up on news headlines. Customers told us the experience was magical – it was a completely new and improved way to interact with technology. But our vision was to invent the Star Trek computer – and Alexa needed to know a lot more before this vision could be realized. We’ve been hard at work to teach Alexa even more – from new languages, to better natural language understanding, to adding new features that make her more useful. There’s still a long way to go, but we’re excited about Alexa’s progress, which wouldn’t be possible without the teams across Amazon who are behind the scenes solving some of the hardest AI challenges in the world.
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