Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant, can transform into Santa Claus especially for this festive season, the tech giant has revealed.
Users can say âAlexa, let Hey Santaâ to hear him tell a story, sing a song, play a joke, set a timer, and more, as if speaking on the phone from the North Pole.
The fun party function is sure to be especially exciting for young people who want proof that Santa Claus exists as the big day approaches.
Users can also ask Alexa a series of Christmas-themed questions such as “Alexa, where is Santa Claus?” Or “Alexa, how many days before Christmas?” Though these return responses in Alexa’s standard robotic female voice.
New Alexa feature lets families interact with Santa during the holiday season as if he’s talking on the phone from the North Pole
âWe introduced Santa, a new personality for Alexa who will bring Christmas cheer to the whole family,â Amazon said.
âYou can ask Santa to tell you a story, sing a song, play a joke, set a timer, and more, just say ‘Alexa, turn on Hey Santa’ to get started. ”
Amazon has a long list of orders that will return the responses in Santa’s voice, and another list that returns the responses in Alexa’s usual female voice.
Commands that start with “Hey Santa” such as “Sing we wish you a merry Christmas” and “tell me about your reindeer” will return responses in Santa’s voice.
Alexa as Santa Claus can also sing along in a festive duet with American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor, simply saying “Hey Santa, sing your duet with Meghan Trainor”.
INTERACT WITH FATHER NOL VIA AMAZON ALEXA
Users can ask Santa to tell a story, sing a song, play a joke, set a timer, etc. just say “Alexa, turn on Hey Santa” to get started
‘Hey Santa’ spelled out to try (answered in the voice of Santa Claus):
‘Hey Santa, sing We Wish You a Merry Christmas’
“Hey Santa, sing the 12 days of Christmas”
“Hey Santa, sing Deck the Halls”
“Hey Santa, tell me a story”
“Hey Santa, give me the news from the North Pole”
‘Hey Santa, tell me about your reindeer’
“Hey Santa, can you laugh? “
âHey Santa, what’s your favorite food? “
“Hey Santa, Merry Christmas”
‘Hey Santa, let’s dance’
“Hey Santa, tell me a joke”
“Hey Santa, let’s play a game”
“Hey Santa, give me some advice”
Christmas sayings to try with Alexa (answered in Alexthe usual voice of a):
“Alexa, where is Santa Claus?” “
“Alexa, sing a Christmas song”
“Alexa, tell me a Christmas joke”
“Alexa, how many days before Christmas?” “
“Alexa, do you like my Christmas sweater?” “
“Alexa, do you like my Christmas tree?” “
“Alexa, add roasted potatoes to my shopping list”
“Alexa, am I on the right list?” “
“Alexa, is it going to snow on Christmas Day?” “
‘Alexa, wake me up at 7 a.m. at the Jingle Bells’
“Alexa, tell me a Christmas story”
“Alexa, how fast is Santa’s sleigh going?” “
“Alexa, what’s Santa’s address?” “
“Alexa, what’s the best Christmas movie?” “
“Alexa, what do you want for Christmas?” ”
Amazon’s smart assistant powers the Echo speakers, including the fourth-generation Spherical Echo released in fall 2020 (pictured)
ALEXA CAN NOW LISTEN TO BEEP DEVICES
Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa can now listen to running water and beeps from home appliances in the United States, the company has revealed.
The tech giant added these two “sound detectors” to Alexa routines – sequences of Alexa-related tasks that users can program as a shortcut.
This means that Alexa can recognize individual sounds and send a notification to the user through their device so that they can respond to them.
If users want Alexa to detect a dryer ping at the end of a spin, for example, they can set up a routine for Alexa to send an alert.
The sight loss charity, the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) also made messages from Santa Claus available through Alexa.
Users just need to ask “Alexa, read my Santa’s RNIB letter” to hear the voice activated letter in Santa’s voice.
Other festive commands, such as “Alexa, do you like my Christmas sweater?” And “Alexa, is it going to snow on Christmas Day?” Will return the normal female voice.
In case that isn’t enough, Alexa can also help you brainstorm your ideal Christmas menu and help you buy the ingredients you need.
Users can just say, “Alexa, how do you make gingerbread?” Or “Alexa, how do you make mulled wine?”, For example.
Alexa users have previously been able to hear celebrity voices coming out of their smart speaker as an alternative to the female voice – for example, former basketball player Shaquille O’Neal and actress Melissa McCarthy.
Users only need to say “Hey Shaq” or “Hey Melissa” to hear a selection of pre-recorded messages, although they do not offer the same range of responses as automated voices.
Users can also hear the distinctive tones of actor Samuel L. Jackson – known for his memorable dialogue in films like Pulp Fiction and Snakes on a Plane – simply by saying “Hey Samuel”.
Amazon also recently confirmed that it has started rolling out the male version of its smart voice assistant for UK users.
There’s a short snippet of the voice here, which has a generic English accent but robotic sounding.
In July, Amazon added âZiggyâ as one of its âwake up wordsâ – words users can say before an order to make sure the smart assistant is listening – for US users.
The other four existing wake-up words are Alexa, Computer, Amazon, and Echo.
Additionally, users can choose between male or female voice and use any of the wake-up words to activate them, meaning that users can potentially issue a command with the word âZiggyâ and hear the female voice respond.
Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo Show 15 wall mounted – one of many new devices revealed at Amazon’s online unveiling event in September – began shipping on December 9.
AMAZON LAUNCHES ITS FIRST WALL SPEAKER AND ROBOT DOG AT UNVEILING EVENT
Amazon unveiled several new products at its online unveiling event in September, including an autonomous robot capable of monitoring a person’s home for intruders.
The $ 1,450 robot uses smart motion to check in to your home while you are away and alert to any disturbance.
It can move around your home autonomously, navigate to check specific areas, display a live view of rooms through the Astro app, or send alerts if it detects an unrecognized person.
Astro can move around your home independently, navigate to check specific areas, show you a live view of rooms through the Astro app, or even send alerts if it detects an unrecognized person.
Astro will be priced at $ 1,450, but as part of the Amazon Day 1 Editions program – which gives customers the ability to preview and provide feedback – it will be available for the introductory price of $ 1,000. .
Amazon also unveiled the Echo Show 15, a device for children called âAmazon Glowâ that allows them to share an âinteractive projected spaceâ with loved ones and a new security doorbell.
The Â£ 240 ($ 250) Alexa-powered Echo Show 15 device has a 15.6-inch display that you can mount on your wall or place on your counter.
Users can hang it horizontally or vertically on a wall, like a photo frame, as it displays how-to videos, recipes from the web, or shows streamed from Netflix and Spotify.
Echo Show 15 has a 15.6 inch screen that you can mount on your wall or place on your counter
Echo Show 15 can display a live stream from your smart doorbell, streaming service interfaces, personalized sticky notes to family members and much more.
If you chose to hang it on the wall and want to turn off the display, users can ask Alexa to display a photo frame, and Echo Show 15 only displays photos, so it blends in with the picture. ‘background.
Amazon Glow, on the other hand, is a two-part device designed for children that allows them to connect remotely with loved ones by participating in activities together.
During video calls on Glow, kids see chat participants on a dedicated 8-inch screen on a black device that almost looks like a retro walkie-talkie.
In doing so, they can read stories, play games, and create art on a 19-inch tactile âprojected spaceâ that almost looks like a sheet of paper.
While kids enjoy engaging activities on the flat âprojected spaceâ, distant family and friends see the kid on a tablet and participate in the same activities using a free Glow app.
Amazon says Glow combines “projection, sensing and immersive video technologies to make it look like you’re having fun in person.”
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