Those for whom Alexa’s default voice is too cold, may have a digital assistant that mimics celebrities. Although in the past the only A-list impression AI could create was everyone’s fave badness Samuel L. Jackson. It turns out that people liked the idea of ordering a weather report from a superstar, because Amazon loves it. adding two more famous voices for Alexa’s toolkit. New options include four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal and Oscar-nominated actor Melissa McCarthy.
Amazon says the SLJ skill, introduced at a limited price of $ 0.99, has become one of the best-selling digital purchases since its launch. The new voice options don’t have an early discount, so you’ll have to shell out $ 5 for each. But the chance of hearing Shaq rap and McCarthy telling jokes might seal someone up. If you want to try before you buy, check out the voice samples below.
Alexa has grown into an imitator thanks to advances in its neural text-to-speech technology. The AI is obviously getting smarter all the time as Amazon introduces both a new original voice option and a new wake-up word (“Ziggy”).
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