Amazon has launched a brand new wake phrase for its Echo units within the UK.
“Ziggy” is the fifth wake phrase choice for Echo units along with “Alexa”, “Amazon”, “Computer” and “Echo”.
Customers can change the wake phrase of their Echo machine clients through the Alexa app or the Settings display screen on Echo Show units, and all wake phrases choices can be utilized with both the male or feminine voice choices for Alexa.
“We are constantly looking for ways to offer our customers more choices so they can personalise their Alexa experience,” stated Dennis Stansbury, the Alexa UK nation supervisor for Amazon.
“The wake word is very important as Alexa devices are specially designed to only detect the user’s chosen wake word. Our devices detect wake words by identifying acoustic patterns that match the wake word, so a lot of consideration goes into the selection.
“We chose ‘Ziggy’ not only because it performed well in testing, but because it’s fun and reflects Alexa’s wealth of knowledge on everything from A to Z. As an aside, I am a self-confessed David Bowie fan, so I am enjoying saying ‘Ziggy, play Ziggy’ and ‘Ziggy, play guitar’ to my Echo device.”
The ‘Ziggy’ voice was first revealed in July this yr, when it was noticed that Amazon had added a extra masculine-sounding voice to its audio system.
The voices should not saved throughout a customers’ account however as an alternative be related to every particular person Echo, that means that it should be modified throughout a home.
The new wakeword was not explicitly related to the brand new voice, however arrived on the identical time. In the app, Amazon referred to the 2 completely different voices as “Original” and “New”.