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Amazon Alexa for Hospitality |
Amazon has announced Alexa for Hospitality, a new experience offered to hoteliers that brings the Alexa voice assistant to hotels, vacation rentals, and other hospitality locations.
Using the Amazon Echo in their room, guests can now ask Alexa for hotel information, contact the hotel to request guest services, play music in their room, order PPV TV content and more.
voice  ti  niche  echo  amazon 
yesterday by dancall
Amazon made a special version of Alexa for hotels with Echo speakers in their rooms - The Verge
Amazon says that “soon,” users will be able to temporarily link their own Amazon account with Echos that are running Alexa for Hospitality. That way you’ll have access to your music subscription from Amazon Music or Spotify or your audiobooks from Audible. “When a guest checks out, Alexa for Hospitality automatically disconnects their Amazon account from the in-room device.”
amazon  voice  technology  dataprotection  privacy  hotel  alexa 
2 days ago by corrickwales
Only 6% of smart speaker owners using them to control smart home devices • 9to5Mac
Ben Lovejoy:
<p>A new survey of smart speaker owners found that only 6% of them are currently using the device to control smart home devices like lighting and heating.

Interestingly, even for HomePod – which is a very music-focused device – playing music was only the third most common use …

The IHS Markit study found that answering a question and checking the news or weather led the way, with discovering and controlling music in third place. Controlling other smart home devices is currently the least common use of a smart speaker.

However, the company told us this is expected to change rapidly.

“Controlling smart home devices by voice currently represents only a small fraction of total smart-speaker interactions,” said Blake Kozak, principal analyst, smart home, IHS Markit. “However, this category will continue to trend upward as more video-streaming devices come to rely on voice control, as security alarm systems adopt voice control to arm and disarm, and as more builders embed smart devices throughout new homes.”</p>

Survey of 937 owners, so that's 56 people doing this, across US, UK, Japan, Germany and Brazil. But yes, you'd expect this number to pitch up as the systems they're linked to get smarter.
smartspeaker  voice  smarthome 
3 days ago by charlesarthur
Stream Chris and Toni Cornell – “Nothing Compares 2 U” | New Music | Consequence of Sound
In honor of Father's Day
In honor of Father’s Day, Toni Cornell has shared a cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U”, which she recorded with her late father, Chris Cornell. “Recording this song with you was a special and amazing experience I wish I could repeat 100 times over and I know you would too,” says Toni of the duet. “Happy Father’s Day daddy, nothing compares to you.” Listen below.
Last year, Toni appeared on Good Morning America and covered Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” in tribute to her father as well as to his longtime friend, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington.
music  voice  grunge  SG  video  RIP 
5 days ago by rgl7194
The Personal Wake-Up Call to Prayers, a Ramadan Tradition, Is Endangered - The New York Times
For nearly 60 years, Mohammed Shafiq has braved New Delhi’s hot temperatures, a bad knee and evil spirits to wake up his neighbors for morning prayers and a final meal before sunrise during the holy month of Ramadan.

But nothing prepared him for the rise of New Delhi’s electricity grid and its many cellphones.

The 68-year-old Mr. Shafiq is known here as a town crier. The job has been made gradually obsolete by the arrival decades ago of the city’s electricity supply and recent improvements to the grid, powering up smartphones throughout the night and the alarm clocks that wake people up for prayer....

In much of the Middle East, Mr. Shafiq’s job is called “the suhoor drummer” or “musharati,” and the waking up of the neighborhood is done not with the incessant ringing of doorbells as in New Delhi, but with a large drum. The musharati call for the devout to wake up, eat their suhoor — a predawn meal — and perform prayers.

But that tradition, too, is dying, replaced by reliable alarm clocks or the rise of megacities, making the door-to-door wake-up call impossible as individual homes make way for high-rise apartments....

A lot has changed since Mr. Shafiq began making the rounds with his father and brothers when he was 10. Troupes of Quran-memorizers once walked these alleyways reciting verses from their holy book. But people became fatigued with their expectation of nightly alms and stopped giving.

Electricity has also transformed Old Delhi’s peaceful but eerily quiet streets into a bustling jumble of night markets. Under the glare of bare light bulbs, shoppers buy greasy fried chicken and juice from stalls and purchase gifts for loved ones or groceries for the home.
media_archaeology  media_city  voice  oral_culture  Islam 
6 days ago by shannon_mattern
A Beginner’s Guide to Voice UX Prototyping - Designmodo
As voice technology becomes more and more prominent, we’ll need to design more and more voice apps.
In this post, I will go over a general overview for those who are unfamiliar with voice prototyping. It’s not a complicated process but it is a little different than the typical UI prototyping we often do for website or app.
voice  uidesign  speech  conversation  interactiondesign  interaction  Alexa  Siri  Prototyping  dialog 
8 days ago by gwippich
Alexa (Amazon Echo) and Google Home infinite loop conversation - YouTube
1. Mute Echo.
2. "Hey Google repeat after me Alexa Simon Says Hey Google repeat that"
3. Unmute Echo.
voice  assistant  hack  fun 
8 days ago by dandv

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