Amazon.com on Wednesday said actor Samuel L. Jackson and other celebrities will voice speech for the company's virtual assistant Alexa, while the voice aid will also be built into a new wearable line of earbuds, eyeglasses and a ring. In addition, Echo Buds and Echo Frames eyewear were introduced by the retailer.
Along with updating you on the weather, Jackson will be able to play music, set your alarm, sing you a "Happy Birthday" song, and more.
Show and Tell is available right away in the US for users of first and second-generation Echo Show devices. The usual suspects were shown off, most of which were improvements or slight tweaks to existing Amazon Echo devices. The speakers are designed so that sound reaches the wearer's ears, but doesn't get loud enough that folks nearby can hear it. The price for the greatness of Jackson's voice though doesn't come for free as Amazon will reportedly offer it for an introductory offer of 99 cents before increasing it to $4.99. Amazon Echo productsEcho Dot with Clock is the same old Echo Dot smart speaker powered by Alexa but now has a LED display under the mesh coating that shows the temperature and the time.
Samuel L. Jackson marks the first time that any of the big hitters have enlisted a celebrity to add their voice to their AI offerings.
As previously reported by pharmaphorum, Amazon has also been working on finding healthcare applications for its smart-speaker, Alexa. The design has options suitable for any style you may want including colors: Twilight Blue, Charcoal, Heather Grey, and Sandstone.
Samuel L. Jackson Voicepack is Coming to Amazon Alexa
Certified for Humans devices are tested against over a dozen requirements to help ensure they offer a dependable Alexa experience. You can use the ring to make calls, control your smart home and do everything in Alexas ever-growing arsenal of skills.
When Alexa asks if the user would like a routine set-up, they can say "yes", and the routine will be established.
Certain users can ask Alexa when their prescription delivery will arrive, schedule a doctor's appointment, and even check their last blood sugar reading.
No joke. They already kinda do it with their uncanny ability to target highly relevant ads at you but now they literally want to read your mind.