Amazon and Intel Releases Hardware Development Kits for Alexa

2017 is clearly one of the biggest year when it comes to progressions related to personal assistant. Although Amazon dominated the smart home assistant for a long time, this year, both Google and Apple released several products that compete directly with Amazon’s Alexa. And now, Intel and Amazon have announced a partnership to produce better home assistants and bring voice controls to more homes and businesses around the world. In order to achieve the goal, the companies will bring development kits for Alexa in the coming days.

According to reports, when the development kits become available, they will retail for $499. Talking about the upcoming product, Miles Kingston, general manager of the Smart Home Group at Intel said, “There’s a lot of engineering involved in getting speech recognition at high degrees of speed and accuracy to deliver the best customer experiences.”

“The Intel Speech Enabling Developer Kit is based on a new architecture that delivers high-quality far-field voice even in the most acoustically challenging environments. This marks the latest in a string of smart home innovations, including the Intel-powered Amazon Echo Show.”

“With increasing speed, the innovations needed to power the future are within reach. In the smart home, we can all look forward to a wave of innovation from the developer community as we transition from being simply connected to being truly smart.”

In addition to the attractive price, the upcoming development kit will include a high-performance algorithm for acoustic echo cancellation, noise reduction and beamforming. With the year coming to a close, we will have to wait to find out if companies bring more products in the remaining weeks. However, it seems that the upcoming year produce even more technological innovation.

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