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

Alexa whisper mode

Back toward the end of September, Amazon held an event where it announced a boat load of new products. 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. With the new Whisper Mode, when you whisper to Alexa, she will whisper back.

Simply say "Alexa, turn on whisper mode".

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Whisper Mode could prove particularly useful for parents anxious about waking up their children or simply those looking to keep the noise down in the morning or evening for various reasons. This seems like it'll be particularly useful in households with a newborn baby, as you no longer have to choose between using the IoT capabilities of your smart home and waking a sleeping child. As reported by TechCrunch, it will soon be possible to communicate with the AI entirely via whispers. The ability of Alexa to identify when you are whispering to the assistant is really quite impressive from a technical perspective, and Amazon is utilizing a bunch of different techniques for its whisper detection system on Alexa. There's no word regarding when Whisper Mode might launch to global markets.



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