Another hardware provider has partnered with Amazon to give the development of Alexa a boost. Audio processing chip maker, Conexant, has announced the release of a development kit, allowing developers to create devices supporting the Alexa Voice Services more easily.
The development kit includes two microphones and a processor embedded with the software which recognizes the “Alexa” command word, even in a noisy environment several feet away. It also enables the voice barge-in feature so that users can interrupt their Alexa devices as it’s playing audio..
The prototype is based on the Raspberry Pi, which may be able to reduce the time needed for third-party manufacturers developing digital assistant devices supporting Alexa.
Conexant claims that if developers use the kit, the time needed for prototyping and engineering development will be reduced from several months to few weeks.
Developers can use the kit to enable voice commands not only on smart speaker like Amazon Echo, but also other home device categories, such as smart light bulb, smart TV or thermostat.
There are some manufacturers lining up for the kit and consumers can see products developed under the kit as soon as January 2017, the company said.
Last week, chip giant Intel has also revealed a partnership deal with Amazon, allowing Intel to integrate Alexa into the company’s smart home platform kit Smart Home Hub.
Judging from these moves, we can see that Amazon is actively extending the presence of Amazon Alexa-enabled devices by opening up easier development process for third-party players – both software and hardware. Software developers can simply add Amazon’s cloud APIs to enable Alexa features while hardware manufacturers also get the development kit to design Alexa into their products.