Acer has announced that Amazon's voice assistant Alexa will come to a select number of laptops in the first quarter of 2018. Over the past year we've seen smartphone makers add Alexa to their handsets, and now Asus has joined Acer in announcing that the voice bot is coming to 2018 models of its notebook PC lineups.
No date was given as to when we can expect the Alexa app for Windows 10, but it should come in spring nonetheless. Amazon has so completely smothered the home voice AI market that Microsoft has even announced plans a while back to team with the e-tailer company. Other companies will also be launching their Alexa enable PCs and Laptops later this year. The integration-available in early 2018-will offer new entertainment features along with productivity boosts, a press release said. Like the Echo Show, Alexa's responses will be displayed on the screen. Amazon says there are more than 50 third-party devices with Alexa built-in before any announcements at CES this week. As a result, these companies are investing heavily in voice technology and are increasingly debuting products like Google and its Google Home speakers that use voice assistants to do things like play certain songs when asked. "We're delighted that ASUS will bring the Alexa experience to its laptop models - providing hands-free voice capabilities, and tens of thousands of skills, to PC customers at their desks and on-the-go".
Notebooks such as the Switch 7 Black Edition and Spin 5 with Acer Purified Voice and four digital microphones support far-field voice recognition from up to nine feet away, while others with dual microphones will be able to activate Alexa within three feet.
Alexa already works with the Acer Air Monitor, and it will also be available on Acer's new V6820M and V6820i 4K UHD projectors.
The advent of Alexa for Business combined with these integrations could help to set Alexa up as a key business tool. The tower-like HP Pavilion Wave has Intel Smart Sound Technology that is claimed to deliver 360-degree, multi-directional reflective audio.
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