Why Amazon's virtual assistant "Alexa" really matters?

Amazon has been on the march to get its virtual assistant "Alexa" into as many homes as possible, while harping on the power of its voice-controlled cloud interface, along side its smart speaker, Echo.

Amazon Echo, a smart speaker developed by Amazon.com, is capable of voice interaction, making to-do lists and setting up reminders, with streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other realtime information.

The device which also comes with a manually and voice-activated remote control can be used in lieu of the wake word, Alexa, albeit this "wake word" can be changed by the user to either "Amazon" or "Echo".

It's voice recognition capability is based on Amazon Web Services and the Amazon common voice platform from Yap, Evi, and IVONA (a Polish-based specialist in voice technologies acquired by Amazon).

Echo performs pretty 'good' in low latency Internet connection which minimizes processing time due to communication round trips, streaming response time and Geo-distributed service endpoints.

While the project has been in development within its Lab126 offices in Silicon Valley and Cambridge, Massachusetts since at least 2010, now it's widely available in the United States.
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