Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Amazon 'Alexa loses her voice'

Amazon Alexa Super Bowl commercial: Alexa loses her voice (Video) Amazon came up with an ingenious way to ensure your Echo doesn't respond to its Super Bowl ad
Mandy Jefferson | 07 February, 2018, 01:28

What happens when Alexa loses her voice and can't answer users's questions anymore? So Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has to enlist a temporary replacement voice, with such contenders as Rebel Wilson, Gordon Ramsey, Cardi B, and Anthony Hopkins.

For those uninterested in Sunday night's football game, there were two clear favorites among the Super Bowl's other big draw - the commercials.

This is part of the patent that Amazon filed in September 2014 titled "Audible command filtering". The first calls for transmitting a snippet of a commercial to Echo devices before it airs.

The company uses "acoustic fingerprints" that help your Echo understand that you're being advertised to, rather than asking her to get a job done.

Koeman confirmed as the new Netherlands head coach
He succeeds Dick Advocaat , who stepped down after the team's failure to reach this summer's finals in Russian Federation . We did not qualify for this World Cup or the last European Championships but we still have a lot of good players.


About a year ago, a Reddit user named aspyhackr might have figured out how Amazon accomplishes that objective. The second tactic describes how a commercial itself could transmit an inaudible acoustic signal to tell Alexa to ignore its wake word.

There's been a ton of speculation about which city Amazon is going to choose.

He then recorded someone saying "Alexa" and deleted that frequency band, and his own Echo speaker ignored the command - seemingly proving the theory correct.

"The Alexa Super Bowl spot and HQ2 are totally unrelated", the company said in a statement after being contacted by USA TODAY. When he played back the recording, "My echo would not wake, even sitting right next to the speakers!" he wrote. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 9-12 and features about 3,900 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 170,000 attendees. But Amazon also wants to make sure it's not setting off the Alexa in the homes of people who are watching the ad.

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