Amazon’s Alexa devices are now able to recognize individual voices and offer different responses based on those voices. The company had announced the feature earlier this year, and now it’s going live.
The benefits of customized voice detection are obvious. Now each person living in the same home can get their own personalized calendar events, contacts, and curated music playlists instantly.
Amazon has released a help video showing users how to set up different Alexa voice profiles. The feature will work with Echo devices and can be set up through the Amazon Alexa app.
Amazon told The Verge that the feature is currently available for calling/messaging, flash briefing, shopping, and the Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan, “and it’ll be rolling out to additional Alexa features in the future.” The company also claims the feature will get smarter over time.
Amazon’s newest Alexa devices will be debuting soon. The new Echo and Echo Plus will be released at the end of the month, with the Echo Spot due to arrive just before Christmas. But you don’t have to wait for the new hardware to activate these new features on current Echo devices.
For both current and future users of Echo devices, we’ve posted a few recent articles on how to make your gadgets more useful. If you want to learn more about the home automation benefits of Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices, check out Ten Alexa Skills To Turn Your House Into A Smart Home.
We’ve also dug a bit more into some home security functions through Alexa-enabled devices. And once you feel you’ve got your home protection up to par, there are also a few ways Alexa devices can help you relax. For that, be sure to read our article Using Alexa To Increase Your Safety — And Serenity.