Amazon has released Cloud ESP, which brings the Echo Spatial Perception feature via cloud software update for all third-party Alexa device makers.
ESP makes sure that only the Alexa device closest to the user responds to the voice command. It allows multiple Echo devices in a household to work well with one another.
Now Amazon has moved ESP to the cloud so that the feature is available to third-party Alexa devices maker, without having to ask any device-side software changes. Current third-party Alexa devices can have the new feature via software updates. And it will be automatically applied to all Alexa devices which aren’t from Amazon.
Cloud ESP allows Alexa to receive commands more accurately, even in a noisy environment, says Amazon. It allows Echo and other Alexa devices in a house to work in harmony – homeowners can just talk to one Alexa rather than multiple assistants.
“By automatically enabling all devices to take advantage of ESP, customers are given the best experience with Alexa across the growing number of devices and Alexa-enabled experiences,” said Priya Abani, the director of Amazon Alexa, in a statement.
“Developers who used a device-side implementation can continue using the current model, or choose to upgrade to cloud ESP to free additional resources and bandwidth,” says Amazon.
Amazon has come a long way to let multiple Alexa devices sit in one house while only the closet device to the user will respond. However, alarms, timers and reminders are still constrained to separate Alexa devices. To streamline every commands between multiple Alexa devices, Amazon still has work to do.
Amazon recently announced a new feature called Alexa Cast, which lets users play Amazon Music on their laptops or smartphones through Echo speakers. It’s similar to Chromecast, but only limited to Amazon’s own music streaming service.