Destiny 2's new voice commands are powered by the Amazon Echo

01 Décembre, 2017, 02:52 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Destiny 2's new voice commands are powered by the Amazon Echo

Plus, Alexa for Business has all the same capabilities as a regular old Echo, letting users get information about news, weather, set timers and alarms, and ask questions.

Amazon wants Alexa to be everywhere, and it needs more voice data to feed and "train" it so that talking to the assistant feels like talking to a friend.

"If voice is the natural way for interacting with things in the home and for home automation, why not build something that you can actually use at work as well", Werner Vogels, CTO of AWS said during his re:Invent keynote.

Try saying: "Alexa, ask Ghost what I should do next". "The Destiny 2 Ghost skill is the first of its kind and the most innovative and immersive gaming experience to date on Alexa".

"The customer response to Alexa and Echo has been incredibly positive, and we're excited to make them available for our Australian and New Zealand customers early next year", Amazon Alexa vice president Toni Reid added.

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"Alexa and Amazon are being much more aggressive, whether it's integrating with third parties or going to new markets like this", said Gene Munster, a veteran equity analyst and now head of research at Loup Ventures.

The Ghost-shaped Wi-Fi speaker pairs with your Alexa-enabled device and works with a new Ghost Alexa skill. Now, you'll be able to use your voice to search, control playback and change the channel within the supported third party apps. Rather than interrupting gameplay to navigate menus, players can just ask Ghost through Alexa to help with certain tasks. While I'm not sure if it's worth paying almost $90 for a Ghost speaker that requires an additional Alexa speaker to work, it'd be a pretty cool item to have around the house I suppose.

It's up for pre-order right now and releases on December 19, but it seems like there's a limited number of them available. It's a limited-edition item and it won't be available until next month.

The collaboration of Activision Blizzard and Amazon may pave the way more interesting technological integration in the future. The device launched in late 2014, and kickstarted a trend for voice-activated devices in the home - a category that now includes Google Home and Apple's forthcoming HomePod. We'll have to wait and see.

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