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Category: Alexa

Discover the latest in voice technology at Alexa Live, a free virtual event for builders and business leaders

Are you interested in the latest advancements in voice and natural language processing (NLP) technology? Maybe you’re curious about how you can use these technologies to build with Alexa? We’re excited to share that Alexa Live—a free virtual developer education event hosted by the Alexa team—is back for its second year on July 22, 2020. […]

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Alexa uses Amazon Translate to reach more international customers

Amazon Alexa is available in 15 locales and eight languages. To understand and respond in different languages, Alexa needs to learn new grammar rules, and the content that powers Alexa needs to be translated to new languages. Additionally, Alexa needs to learn about country-specific topics, such as new soccer leagues, regional celebrities, and important historical […]

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Use AWS DeepLens to give Amazon Alexa the power to detect objects via Alexa skills

People are using Alexa for all types of activities in their homes, such as checking their bank balances, ordering pizza, or simply listening to their music from their favorite artists. For the most part, the primary interaction with the Echo has been your voice. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to build a […]

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Creating virtual guided navigation using a Question and Answer Bot with Amazon Lex and Amazon Alexa

If our users are using Question and Answer Bot (QnABot), and they are getting the right answers for their questions, what else can you do for them? Now you can create a bot to guide them through a series of logically connected answers. This means, for example, that the bot can guide them through the […]

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Create a questionnaire bot with Amazon Lex and Amazon Alexa

In the Create a Question and Answer Bot with Amazon Lex and Amazon Alexa blog post, we showed you how you could create a QnABot (pronounced “Q and A Bot”) for a situation in which your users have questions and you have answers. Now, what if this situation were reversed? What if you could ask […]

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New Developer Preview: Use Amazon Polly voices in Alexa skills

Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech. Using Amazon Polly you can create applications that talk and build entirely new categories of speech-enabled products. Starting today, you can apply to participate in a developer preview that allows you to use eight English (U.S.) Amazon Polly voices to narrate your Alexa skills.

If your skill uses only a single voice today, you can try changing the voice or adding different voices in the right places to provide an even more engaging experience. Developers in the preview can select a different voice for any utterance by constructing output speech using the Structured Speech Markup Language (SSML) and specifying an Amazon Polly voice using the voice tag for free in Alexa skills. Note that SSML tags that are only available through the Amazon Polly service and not through Alexa skills will not be available when you use this new capability.

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