re:Invent 2017: Alexa gets to work
Amazon Echo devices, while not officially supported in Malaysia, are more than just smart speakers, capable of serving as home automation hubs and learning new commands from more than 15,000 skills. Today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced Alexa for Business for any organization to manage Alexa-enabled devices, enroll users, assign skills, and more at scale.
The fully managed service was introduced by Dr. Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon.com during his keynote at re:Invent 2017 in Las Vegas. Multiple Alexa devices - shared or personal - are managed from a centralized console, from specific locations to skills used.
As an open service, you can build custom skills with the help of Alexa Skills Kit and Alexa for Business APIs to control additional devices. For example, the following voice commands can be used to get a meeting going in a conference room.
- “Alexa, start the meeting.”
- “Alexa, turn on the projector.”
- “Alexa, dim the lights.”
- “Alexa, lower the blinds.”
Alexa will then look at the location, calendar information, and type of equipment associated with the conference room before performing the appropriate actions. Thanks to integration with Office 365, Exchange, and G-Suite, users can schedule meetings and check on upcoming appointment simply by asking Alexa.
Alexa for Business is generally available today.