Amazon’s Alexa can now whisper, bleep out swear words, and change its pitch

Amazon’s Alexa can now whisper, bleep out swear words, and change its pitch

By | April 29th, 2017
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Amazon says this will allow Alexa to provide a “more natural voice

experience.”


														
							

Amazon is trying to make its Alexa voice assistant sound more humanlike. Up until now, the female-sounding voice maintained an even, monotone cadence whenever speaking, but with Amazon’s new Speech Synthesis Markup Language that the company introduced this week, Alexa can whisper, vary its speaking speed, and bleep out words.

Developers can also add pauses, change the pronunciation of a word, spell a word out, add audio snippets, and insert special words and phrases into their skill.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a preview of what Alexa will sound like when it whispers or emphasizes a word; we just have the code developers can include.

Amazon says it’s hosting a webinar on May 18th on the new code, so maybe we’ll get a better idea then. The language markups are available to developers in the US, UK, and Germany.

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