Why you might hear creepy laughter from your Amazon Echo

11 March, 2018, 01:04 | Author: Jeannette Greene
  • Alexa the Amazon Echo's assistant has a long history of unsettling behaviour

Amazon also says that Alexa will only respond to follow-up requests that she's reasonably sure are actually requests for Alexa, so there may be some hits and misses in the early days as Amazon's computers figure out how best to hear what you're asking without the original wake word in the beginning each time. Alexa won't nest one request into another, but it will accommodate multiple requests back to back. If you don't, she'll just go back to sleep automatically without saying anything else. The blue ring will stay lit to show that she is listening, and she'll do her best to interpret any follow up queries intended for her without requiring another wake word. This essentially means that you can not ask Alexa to switch off the lights and change the room temperature at the same time. It is often annoying while using digital assistants that you have to speak a particular "wake" word after every request, such as "Hey Siri" in the HomePod, "Ok Google" in Google Home, or "Alexa" in Amazon speakers. There's the fact that for it to determine a command is indeed a follow-up, Alexa must first be "confident" that the second command isn't just background noise from people chattering or a dialog from a TV program. It is interesting to note that the latest addition of a feature comes just a few days after, several Amazon Echo speaker users reported a odd bug where Alexa was seen to be laughing for apparently no reason. To enable, simply go into the app settings, select your Echo device, and turn on Follow-Up Mode.

Reliability of this follow-up mode will be something that remains to be seen, as Alexa is not without her quirks. For now, follow-up is only offered in English and only works when Alexa isn't doing a continuous command, such as reading an audiobook or making a call.

The feature appears to be available for the entire Amazon Echo lineup, as well as some third-party Alexa devices.



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