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Sonos One seen as "Smart Home" device, not "Alexa enabled" device | Sonos Community
(On the limitations of Sonos’s Alexa implementation:)
“This limitation means you cannot use the Alexa simplified room lighting/device controls.

“For example, if within the Family Room you create an Alexa group consisting of the Alexa Echo physically in that room, along with the lights in that room, say ‘Couch Lamp’, ‘Ceiling Light’, and ‘Spot Light’, then when you are in that particular room and speak to the Alexa in that room, you can say ‘Alexa, Lights on’ instead of ‘Alexa, Family Room Lights On’, or worse, having to ask for each light individually, by name, to be turned on.

“This is particularly useful when you have multiple Alexa devices in multiple rooms. With the ‘smart grouping’, you can walk into any room and say ‘Alexa, lights on’ and the appropriate, pre-selected set of lights for that room, turns on without having to remember the unique names of the lights in that particular room.

“The problem is that with Sonos ONE not being recognized as an ‘Alexa-enabled device’ you cannot replace an existing Alexa with a Sonos ONE in a particular room and continue having the same capability. That sort of defeats the whole purpose of using a Sonos ONE as a ‘superset’ of a regular Alexa for voice commands but with much better sound. Now you have to give up existing convenience if you want better sound, you can’t have both.”
sonos  alexa  echo  2018  rooms  automation  hue 
7 weeks ago by handcoding
Rachael Tatman on Twitter: "Google’s speech recognition has a gender bias https://t.co/TqNFML00sR… "
(This may be the canonical link about how voice recognition tends to perform more poorly with women’s voices.)
“Google’s speech recognition has a gender bias”
twitter  2018  rctatman  echo  alexa  voice  recognition  voicerecognition 
july 2018 by handcoding
Drew Harwell on Twitter: "New: How Amazon's Alexa and Google's smart speakers leave certain voices behind. We teamed up with researchers for a 100-person test of how the speakers respond to different accents - and found some notable biases in who gets und
“New: How Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s smart speakers leave certain voices behind. We teamed up with researchers for a 100-person test of how the speakers respond to different accents - and found some notable biases in who gets understood”
alexa  echo  siri  voicerecognition  speechrecognition  2018  twitter  washingtonpost 
july 2018 by handcoding
Controlling a Mac with Amazon Echo or Google Home + Subtraction.com
"What’s more interesting is that the basics of this solution could theoretically allow you to control almost anything on your Mac via voice—and it’s incredibly easy to set up. It starts with the invaluable IFTTT service, which supports both Google Assistant and Alexa. You can define your own custom phrases to serve as IFTTT triggers, which can then generate simple text files on a cloud storage service like Dropbox, which can kick off automated routines on your Mac. "
alexa  echo  ifttt  dropbox  subtraction  2017  automation  mac  macos  osx 
september 2017 by handcoding
Siri, Cortana, Alexa: Why Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names? - The Atlantic
"The simplest explanation is that people are conditioned to expect women, not men, to be in administrative roles—and that the makers of digital assistants are influenced by these social expectations. But maybe there’s more to it."
siri  cortana  2014  alexa  feminism  2017 
august 2017 by handcoding
Triggering KM with Voice Commands (via Amazon Alexa) - Questions & Suggestions - Keyboard Maestro Discourse
"You might want to have a look at ha-bridge3.
It is a application that you have running on your local network and allows you to create 'fake Hue bulbs' that are seen by Alexa as standard Hue bulbs."

"You can then set the fake bulbs to do whatever you fancy (http requests, execute a script, linking to Harmony remotes, Home Assistant, Domoticz, Vera, MQTT and more)"
alexa  echo  keyboardmaestro  mac  osx  automation  2016 
may 2017 by handcoding
No, Women's Voices Are Not Easier to Understand Than Men's Voices
"The not-quite human voice that emanates from your phone or GPS or other device is, more often than not, female. It's an obvious pattern, and one that many have claimed has a simple technical explanation: Female voices are easier to understand. The only problem is that it's not true."
voices  siri  alexa  2015  gizmodo  feminism 
february 2017 by handcoding
About This Site Firefox Extension v. 0.1.2
About this site is a Firefox extension which gives you one-click access to various services that provide information about the web page you are viewing.
firefox  extensions  about  alexa  google  kinja  popdex  technorati  wayback  whois 
march 2005 by handcoding

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