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September 5th, 2017 by thevoicerevolution

Last week Amazon launched its first Alexa skills for children complete with a Verified Parental Consent confirming data protection. This move opens the door to larger children’s media brands who have, until now, avoided building apps for Alexa’s voice platform because of potential legal issues.

Out of the gate, two major kids’ brands are launching on Alexa using the new feature. Viacom-owned Nickelodeon is debuting a SpongeBob skill, while Sesame Street has a new Elmo skill. Amazon launches its own skill called Storytime that reads bedtime stories to kids aged 5 and up with celebrity readers including SpongeBob himself, Tom Kenny.

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September 4th, 2017 by thevoicerevolution

The ability to speak to an assistant and have bothersome tasks handled in a timely efficient manner will revolutionize many household tasks. From ordering the toothpaste to the dinner, the potential for a “Voice Assistant” to simplify our daily lives is only at the beginning.

Right now, Amazon Echo family dominates the voice assistant market. Alexa has 40x more skills than Google assistant, the largest competitor to date, and Alexa’s built-in voice capabilities are being integrated by other companies into their devices at a very fast pace.

Skills are voice-driven capabilities that enhance the functionality of your Alexa devices. For example, you can enable skills that allow Alexa to play math and trivia games with you, or tell you about upcoming concerts in your city.

You can search for and enable skills in the Alexa app or from the Alexa Skills store on the Amazon website.

If you know the exact name of the skill you want, you can say, “Enable [skill name] skill.”

Find the right Amazon Skills for you here: https://www.amazon.com/alexa-skills/b/ref=skillsrw_surl?ie=UTF8&node=13727921011

 

 

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