Above HP Pavilion Wave with Alexa for Windows Image Credit HP
09 January, 2018, 01:09
Mind you, you won't need custom hardware to run the assistant on your machine, but things like far-field microphones are being included in more and more laptops and desktops that make it handy to talk to AI bots on your computer. As per HP, this PC delivers a powerful computing experience and fantastic audio with the help of Amazon Alexa digital assistant. While Microsoft and Amazon had announced a partnership, nothing came of that in 2017 and this is simply Amazon surging ahead regardless of Microsoft, presumably dragging the chain. The new app will allow users to ask Alexa questions just like they would with an Echodevice.
Windows 10 and its 600 million active users have, until now, largely been the domain of Microsoft Cortana, which comes built into the operating system. Now part of the smart home, consumers will be able to control the projector after enabling the Acer Projector Smart Home skill by asking Alexa on a device like the Echo or compatible Acer PC, "Alexa, turn on the projector", "Alexa, select HDMI as the projector source", or "Alexa, change projector display mode to bright".
Jerry Kao, President of IT Products Business of Acer Inc, and Steve Rabuchin, Vice President of Amazon Alexa praised the state-of-the-art audio technology brought in by Alexa to the consumer base of Acer notebooks and PCs.
The exact same features will be available on Windows PCs once the new app goes live, which is great news for PC owners.
"By introducing voice services like Alexa paired with IntelSmart Sound Technology, we anticipate that the PC will serve an even more important role in maximizing your productivity, getting the most from your entertainment, and managing the smart home or office", Anand Srivatsa, general manager of Intel's Desktop, Channel and Systems Group, said in the release.
As of mid-December, Amazon was said to have a roster of an estimated 25,000 Alexa skills, while Cortana was said to be on 230.
This move is emblematic of Amazon's goal to put Alexa everywhere, in every device.
As part of the Alexa push, Acer has promised to bring the digital helper to select Aspire, Spin, Switch and Swift notebooks. The irony is that this Alexa integration in Windows 10 PCs will compete directly with Microsoft's built-in Cortana which is arguably not almost as widespread as Alexa, Siri and even Google Assistant.
The first Alexa Windows 10 PC models are expected before the end of March.
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