Tech & Science Amazon’s excellent mic system could soon end up in third-party Alexa devices

18:40  13 april  2017
18:40  13 april  2017 Source:   theverge.com

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Companies building Alexa into their own products will be able to apply to use the Echo’ s seven- mic system and the software Amazon has built out to make those Opening this tech up to third parties should make the development of Alexa devices even quicker, and it’ll likely make them better, too.

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  Amazon’s excellent mic system could soon end up in third-party Alexa devices © Provided by The Verge Amazon already lets other companies build the Echo’s voice assistant, Alexa, into their own products, and now it’s going to start letting them build in the Echo’s microphone system, too.

Companies building Alexa into their own products will be able to apply to use the Echo’s seven-mic system and the software Amazon has built out to make those seven microphones so good at listening to what owners have to say.

Companies have to apply to Amazon for access

Opening this tech up to third parties should make the development of Alexa devices even quicker, and it’ll likely make them better, too. Rather than every company having to source or develop its own microphone and processing system, these companies can now just go straight to Amazon, which already has a working system — and a good one at that.

Amazon doesn’t say whether it’ll be charging third parties for access to its designs. And access isn’t open to everyone, either: interested developers will have to apply to Amazon for access, providing details on what kind of devices they’re building and how many they hope to ship.

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