You can finally say 'Computer' to your Echo to command it
Jan 25 2017
Just after writing about how to Change Alexa's Wake Word, Amazon has added another Wake Word option. One the show's more subtle predictions, however, were natural language queries: that you could talk to a computer like you would a person.
Unlike Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, and the Google Assistant, Amazon has allowed users to change the "wake word" for its Alexa voice-enabled assistant ever since the company launched its Echo smart speaker.
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Alexa, Amazon's own virtual assistant, features on the Amazon Echo, and could well be integrated with LG's own IoT devices in the future - though nothing is concrete at this point. But there's more to the latest wake word addition than first meets the eye.
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It's very much like "Star Trek", where the crew of the starship Enterprise activates the ship's computer with voice commands: "Computer, end program".
David Limp, senior vice president of devices at Amazon, told The Guardian in September 2016 that Amazon began the Alexa project five years ago with the goal of building "a computer in the cloud that we controlled with our voice". To date, the selectable wake words have been "Alexa", "Amazon", "Echo", "Tap", or "Dot". Just open up the Alexa app, select settings, choose a device, and then select Wake Word.
Now, the "Star Trek" fantasy can be your reality. Pick the wake word you prefer from the drop-down menu, and click or tap Save.
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