Interesting, even though I have 1-Click purchasing activated my voice purchasing options have been deactivated by default. I have to actually activate them to buy stuff.
Currently Alexa cannot discern between different voices.
Either way there is the option to enable an optional confirmation code that can be set to be required for voice purchasing. (...
According to Jeff Bezos, it's a hardware button, and various sources seem to agree from the teardowns
A forum post at the EEVblog forums quotes a video featuring Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon:
In this video about Jeff Bezos being interviewed by Walter Isaacson at around the 6 min mark, Bezos claims the mute button on the Amazon Echo is physically ...
It appears that there is no way to mute the microphone by voice at this time, as you suggest; this Reddit thread confirms this, but unfortunately I couldn't find an official Amazon source for it. The mute button on the top of the device seems to be the only way at the present time.
Disappointingly, developing a skill to mute the microphones also seems to be ...
I figured it out. However my solution has some drawbacks. It's either or.
Here we go.
Go to Amazon.de Inhalte & Geräte (Content and Devices)
Click on other possible Kindle Shops where the US store should be available
Port your Kindle Account to the US
Restart the Alexa App
Reconnect the Echo (Dot) to your WLAN
Use US language Alexa skills
Yes, Amazon Echo will work outside of the supported countries, but some functionality will be lost.
Amazon Echo supports 110-220 volts which means it works across the whole world without a voltage converter.
The Plug is localised to where ever you're buying it.
I had to buy an adapter.
Amazon Echo requires a companion App. ...
Yes, it's always listening. No, it's not always sending to the cloud.
Obviously the device has to be always listening to detect the wake word. However, that is done by a technology called.
How do Amazon Echo and Echo Dot recognize the wake word?
Amazon Echo and Echo Dot use on-device keyword spotting to detect the wake word. When these devices detect the ...
According to this reddit post, Alexa is sensitive to the audio spectrum in addition to detecting the wake word. Thus, a normal real-world wide-band signal is accepted, but a signal which is band-limited (a notch between 4kHz and 5hKz is postulated) will be identified as from a broadcast.
This makes some sense since broadcasters may use in-band signaling to ...
Currently, Alexa supports very limited customisation of the wake word:
Currently, you can use these wake words:
The documentation also provides instructions for how to select the wake word:
Open the Alexa app.
Open the left navigation panel and then select Settings.
Select your device from the menu.
Scroll down and select Wake ...
Plug the Alexa power supply into an Alexa-compatible smart outlet. Name the smart outlet "Alexa". You should now be able to tell it to turn itself off.
Turning it back on will have to be done some other way, of course.
Additionally to Helmar's answer, one might add the following:
You don't need to transfer your whole account. Under Content and Devices > Settings > Country Settings, don't click the big change button, rather click the small link below and follow the instructions. That'll change your content-account to use the US-store. If you have to insert an address in ...
See these instructions.
Create an AWS developer account & AWS account.
In the AWS console
Create a lambda function. Include in the lambda function some code that will access the API. This can either be python or java or node.js.
Here is a python script. Change modify_state to be either 1 or 0
def modify_state( port, state, token):
First, the main reason is not the Echo hearing you, but you hearing it. While my downstairs Echo Dot can usually pick up my shouting from upstairs, I usually can't hear it's response.
Now to your point of multiple Echo's turning on, Amazon rolled out new technology a few weeks ago called ESP that will automatically get the nearest Echo to your voice to ...
Apparently not. This blog discusses the current impossibility of the synchronized alarms. I couldn't find any information that suggests that they changed it by now. However as the blog discusses, it means that you can set one alarm and one timer per Echo, which multiplies your available timers and alarms. Alas, that's not your goal.
I checked the usual ...
Alexa supports adding functionality via Skills, which are not unlike mobile apps, but add voice functionality for your Echo device.
The Philips Hue FAQ for Amazon Alexa contains a rather brief description on how to find the commands:
Where can I find example sentences?
In the Skill description you can find some example sentences.
Admittedly, this ...
Is the Echo always recording and sending data to the cloud, or are the
above claims unsubstantiated?
No on the sending. But yes on the recording.
I'm currently developing an Alexa hardware client for a company. The device is always listening. But you'd have to put in a wake word engine on it so that it would "wake up" from the passive listening mode and ...
Make sure power is on and device is connected to WiFi (test by checking time, weather, etc)
Press the MUTE button once and let go (do not "hold it down for 30 seconds"). The top ring should turn red. If you're not sure what the "red ring" is, google it!
After the device has been muted for @ 2-3 minutes, the device will announce that it needs to perform an ...
It is possible to enable any skill by voice, provided you already know the name of the skill.
The Amazon documentation for adding skills is relatively straightforward:
If you know the exact name of the skill you want, you can say, "Enable [skill name] skill". Some skills may require you to link to an existing account and a separate subscription in ...
A simple but effective solution would be to move Alexa away from the TV. Unfortunately, this is not an option all of the time. If this because a consistent problem, you could turn down the volume of the TV, or mute the TV and turn on captions. Using headphones while watching would also work.
There are currently just two Bluetooth profiles supported.
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
This profile allows you to stream audio from your mobile device (such as a phone or tablet) to Echo.
Audio / Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
This profile allows you to use hands-free voice control when a mobile device is connected to ...
Your quote is actually about the Echo / Echo Dot - physical products that provide interface to the Alexa service. But that is not all they do - they are also music streaming speakers for example. If you are listening to music, it's often best to have it playing through speakers in the room you are in, rather than have it booming through the house from a ...
I can't speak for Alexa, but google on my phone frequently seems to mis-trigger, thinking it's heard the 'OK Google' when there is just noise. It doesn't seem to happen when the environment is quiet, but sometimes when I'm driving, or of people are moving around, it will trigger.
Related article (in German) describing how a synthetic fingerprint can match 2/...
MAC vendor info is actually part of MAC address (check out on wikipedia_link)
If you have any laptop/PC/Mac attached to the network try to discover it by typing simple command in command prompt/shell
[ arp -a ]
You can use wireshark network sniffer.
There is list of sniffers on Insecure.Org web. One of tools
which can be used is [nmap]
[nmap -sP 172.16....
In the US, you can use the Voice Training feature in the Alexa app. The option can be found by going to the Alexa app, selecting Settings, then Voice Training, then Start Session.
You will then be instructed to speak several phrases to help train your device to recognise your voice. Amazon provide the following instructions:
During a Voice Training session, ...
According to Amazon.com help section you can use the following commands to make Alexa read your ebooks:
Listen to a Kindle book: "Read my Kindle book." / "Read my book, '[title].'" / “Play the Kindle book, '[title].'” / “Read '[title].'”
Pause the Kindle book: "Pause." / "Stop."
Continue listening to your Kindle book: "Play." / "Resume."
This solution may not work for everyone.
Currently Alexa supports three languages: English US, English UK and German.
So if you know German, then you could switch and use Alexa in German (or vice-versa). This way, it won't react to what it hears from TV. (Given you do not watch German programs.)
Gratis, it will probably prevent most young aged children ...
This feature is now available for Echo / Echo Dot as well. The following steps worked for me.
From the contacts both the parties must enable Drop In.
Say "Drop In to X" (Not "Call X". Call still makes a call and does not drop in)
Ensure that you have updated the app to the latest version.
Is it possible to get a (custom?) skill to configure a checklist Alexa would voice out?
Yes. It would probably be relatively easy to develop a skill to do this yourself, if there aren't any available, but there are a few to-do list skills (e.g. Todoist or Any.do) if you didn't want to go through the hassle of developing your own skill. You may be interested ...
The support is generally pretty good for locations outside of the UK, US and Germany (although it's not officially supported yet).
Coomie's experience of using the device in Australia is useful to read—here's a brief summary:
What does work?
Core - Amazon itself works as long as it has power and internet.
Smart home - All the smart home devices ...
Since you asked Alexa for its MAC address, I would assume it is or has been connected to the internet.
Log in to your account at alexa.amazon.com, go to "Settings" > [your Dot] under "Devices", and at the bottom under "About" you will find the MAC address of your device.
I'm a Brit living in Germany and got Alexa all sorted mainly to encourage my kids to speak more English at home. You can imagine my face when I realised this was going to be not-straightforward...
However, I also have a "dirty" workaround - whereby I don't have to reset any of my Amazon.de/com/co.uk settings.
I bought a 3-pack of Echo Dots to ...