Alexa

Alexa is the voice-controlled Amazon assistant that turns words into actions.

Alexa’s name is reminiscent of the Library of Alexandria, which is also used by Amazon Alexa Internet for the same reason.

Alexa’s question-answering ability is partly powered by the Wolfram Language. When questions are asked, Alexa converts sound waves into text which allows it to gather information from various sources. Behind the scenes, the data gathered is then parsed by Wolfram’s technology to generate suitable and accurate answers.

Meet Alexa

Alexa smart speaker with voice control.

Alexa has skills – with tens of thousands of skills and counting, Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new skills like tracking fitness, playing games, and more

Alexa is happy to help

Use your voice to set timers, add items to lists, and create calendar events and reminders.

Check the news, weather, or traffic.

Ask for sports scores, movie showtimes, restaurant hours, or information.

Alexa skills

“Alexa, play top hits”

Fill the living space with music!

Use your voice to play a song, artist, or genre through Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, and others.

Listen to Audible, podcasts, radio stations, or pair with Fire TV to voice control movies and entertainment.

Voice control the living space

Manage compatible smart home devices using your voice.

Switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie, or turn the thermostat up as you head out.

Enable Alexa Guard to get Smart Alerts if your Echo device detects the sound of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, or glass breaking.

Keep your family in sync

Use Alexa devices as an intercom and talk to any room in the property with Drop-In and Announcements.

Let everyone know dinner is ready, or remind the kids that it’s bedtime.

Make hands-free calls to almost any number in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom to stay in touch with family.

Designed to protect your privacy

Alexa and Echo devices are built with multiple layers of privacy protection.

For example, Echo Dot has a microphone off button that electronically disconnects the microphones.

You also have control over your voice recordings. View, hear, or delete them at any time.

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What else can Alexa do?

The list of commands that Alexa can understand seems to grow on a daily basis.

  • Find recipes and give you audible step-by-step directions with the AllRecipes skill
  • Narrate a Kindle book
  • Order pizza and find nearby restaurants
  • Pay your bills with the Capital One app
  • Get pregnancy advice
  • Have Alexa make your home more secure with features like Alexa Guard and Away Mode
  • Order pretty much anything online
  • Track your Amazon packages
  • Get long-form news updates
  • Have Alexa read you your emails
  • Set up location-based reminders (“Alexa, remind me to thaw the chicken when I get home.”)
  • Have Alexa interact with visitors through your Ring Doorbell

Amazon is adding new capabilities to Alexa just about every day, with more skills and device compatibility.

Amazon is rolling out frustration detection features, so Alexa will be able to understand and acknowledge when you’re getting frustrated with her.

If you want to learn more about Alexa, all you have to do is ask: “Alexa, what’s new with you?” and she’s happy to share.

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