Latest in Gear

Image credit: AOL

Amazon taught Alexa to whisper sweet nothings in your ear

A new coding language enables whispering and even bleeping curse words.
265 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

AOL

Soon enough, Amazon's Alexa will shout out your grocery list. That's assuming developers take advantage of the new language framework that Amazon has added to its digital assistant. The idea is that the Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) will hopefully give Alexa more natural speaking patterns. Specifically, now Alexa is capable of whispering, bleeping out swear words and adding emphasis to a phrase in addition to changing volume, speed and pitch of its voice.

The Amazon Developers page has sample code available too, so you can hear what Alexa is supposed to sound like before adding the SSML to your project. This is a pretty big step toward actually getting a digital assistant that sounds like a human in addition to it being another move from Bezos and Co. that opens the platform up to outsiders. Alexa still has a ways to go to becoming Samantha from Her, but this common programming language could get us there faster. Hopefully it doesn't mean the pants from that movie are en route as well.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
265 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

'The Outer Worlds' DLC is coming next year

'The Outer Worlds' DLC is coming next year

View
TCL's 2018 65-inch 6-Series 4K TV drops to $500

TCL's 2018 65-inch 6-Series 4K TV drops to $500

View
The $1,399 Pixelbook Go with 4K display is now available

The $1,399 Pixelbook Go with 4K display is now available

View
US cancels plans for new penalty tariffs on Chinese-made products

US cancels plans for new penalty tariffs on Chinese-made products

View
Tesla Cybertruck will likely get medium-duty truck classification like Ford Super Duty and others

Tesla Cybertruck will likely get medium-duty truck classification like Ford Super Duty and others

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr