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Amazon rolls out 'Whisper Mode' for Alexa-powered devices

By Polycount ยท 5 replies
Oct 18, 2018
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  1. Amazon is expanding the ways you can interact with Alexa yet again. As reported by TechCrunch, it will soon be possible to communicate with the AI entirely via whispers.

    This feature will likely be especially helpful for busy households where privacy is at a premium, or simply during the night when you don't want to wake up your family or significant other. It's worth noting that Whisper Mode will not be activated automatically (much like Amazon's previous Alexa "Modes"); you'll need to enable it manually in the Alexa mobile app's settings menu.

    Once the feature is activated, using it is simple: speak a command to Alexa quietly and the assistant will follow your lead, responding in a low whisper. Apparently, Whisper Mode will also be available as part of Amazon's Alexa Routines functionality, which could be helpful for waking up more gently in the morning. After all, it can be a bit startling for Alexa to practically shout the weather at you right as you're waking up.

    Whisper Mode was first unveiled last month, but it should be rolling out to all Echo device owners today; at least, those in the US. There's no word regarding when Whisper Mode might launch to global markets.

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,618   +2,353

    So now Amazon is listening even *harder* to everything you say. Seriously, what kind of lunatic invites Big Brother into their home?
     
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,685   +3,845

    For whatever perverse reason, the concept of Alexa having a "whisper mode", triggered a bizarre association with this old saying, "he who smelt it, dealt it". Naturally, I was duty and honor bound to research the topic further.

    Without further ado a ustedes yo lo presento, the Wiki page on "Flatulence humor":
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatulence_humor

    Keep in mind now that Alexa is listening harder than ever, you won't be able to even cut loose with an SBD gas attack, without Jeff Bezos hearing about it.

    The next thing you know, your gmail account will be loaded with "targeted ads", for whoopee cushions, (to strip away from you the element of surprise), plus links to Amazon for Beano, and Poo pourri
     
  4. swagdaddy

    swagdaddy TS Rookie Posts: 18   +6

    I welcome them into my home with multiple Alexa enabled devices, anybody can listen to me. I am awesome and hilarious
     
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,685   +3,845

    So there's not much more depth to you than enjoying the sound of your own voice?
     
  6. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,376   +72

    Did you the new amazon echo spot named after techspot? Special.
     

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