Alexa for PCs, announced earlier this year, brings the cloud-based voice service to Windows 10 computers. Today, we introduce Alexa for PC solutions from Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs). Customers use PCs every day for business and entertainment. We believe voice is the next major disruption in the PC category, which is an important part of our “Alexa Everywhere” vision.
Four Windows 10 PCs have been added to our portfolio of qualified ODM solutions integrated with Alexa: An all-in-one desktop from Wistron, and convertible notebooks from Compal, Quanta, and Wistron. All of these pre-tested, final-product designs have been built for a far-field Alexa experience, with Intel CPUs, drivers, wake word engine, and microphone arrays.
“We’re excited to add the first Alexa for PC ODM products to our portfolio of qualified solutions,” said Jon Kirk, Director, Alexa Voice Service at Amazon. “These Windows 10 PCs have been designed from the ground up to support Alexa, bringing Amazon’s voice service to customers in new ways.”
Wistron’s All-in-One PC is a sleek desktop computer optimized for voice that features a 27” UHD display, an FHD webcam with IR sensor, four MEMs microphones, and two stereo speakers.
Compal’s convertible notebook features a 15.6” FHD display with touch, 13 hours of battery life, fingerprint security, IR camera, productivity quick-turn knob, and stylus. Built for gaming, multimedia, and Alexa, it has four digital microphones and two 2W speakers integrated.
Quanta’s convertible notebook features a 14” FHD display, 18 hours of battery life, and fingerprint reader – making it suitable for the road-warrior. It has four digital microphones and two 2W speakers for interaction with Alexa.
Wistron’s convertible notebook is designed for the smart office, featuring a 15.6” FHD display with touch, an HD webcam, and eight hours of battery life. Optimal voice interaction with Alexa is enabled by four MEMs microphones and two stereo speakers.
Alexa for PCs
The Alexa for PC solution for developers is distributed and maintained by Amazon, designed to make it easier for manufacturers to integrate the Alexa voice experience into Windows 10 PCs. With Alexa for PCs, users can invoke the “Alexa” wake word and ask to check calendars, hear the news, set timers, play music, manage shopping lists, and more. Acer, ASUS, Lenovo, and HP have already announced Alexa for PC integrations. See Alexa-enabled PCs on Amazon.com.
ODMs and Alexa Voice Service
ODMs are a key resource for companies looking for an accelerated path to bring high-quality Alexa-enabled products to market. You can learn more about Alexa for PC ODM solutions on our Original Design Manufacturers webpage.
What Is AVS?
AVS is a customizable suite of development tools and resources that make it easy to integrate Alexa directly into your products and bring voice-forward experiences to customers. Through AVS, device makers can add a new intelligent interface to their products and offer customers access to a growing number of Alexa features, smart home integrations, and skills. Visit the AVS Developer Portal to get started.
Source: Alexa Developer Blog