HP's new 'all-in-one' PC to come pre-installed with Alexa

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

For example, you can give a different voice to each character in adventure stories and games.

The online retail giant said Wednesday that developers can now apply to test the voices, which were built to sound like U.S. English speakers.

The drivers are mass market smart security products from Nest, Hive and Netgear, which are building out their ecosystems with partnerships and acquisitions, such as the recent acquisition of Ring by Amazon.

Adding new voices into a skill can make it more interesting for customers to use, according to an Amazon blog post.

Amazon is giving this choice to developers through their Polly text-to-speech service. Using Amazon Polly, you can choose a different voice for any utterance by using the Structured Speech Markup Language (SSML) and specifying an Amazon Polly voice using the "voice name" tag.

Developers today may already be using multiple voices in their skills, but the process of doing so is more cumbersome and rigid, as with mp3 file uploads.

Along with HP, Acer and Asus debuted personal computers that are created to work with Alexa during the International Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (CES) that was held earlier this year in Las Vegas as part of a push by Amazon to spread its voice assistant to more third-party devices. Skills that drive high customer engagement can also lead to a payday for developers through Alexa Developer Rewards.

The bank used the Alexa Skills Kit to create the services.

Amazon now has a number of different voices with different dialects and accents developers can now bundle into their skills, according to the company's website.