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Building Voice-Enabled Apps with Alexa by Kory Becker

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Chapter 2. Alexa Overview

As we’ve seen in the first chapter, there are a variety of ways to create conversational user interfaces. These were often implemented in the form of chatbots, used almost exclusively for entertainment. However, changes in modern computing, hardware, and user habits have been pressing the need for conversational and voice-based interfaces to software and products.

With the demand for voice-based interfaces, the popular Amazon Echo was released in June, 2015. The device offers voice-based interaction for performing tasks, such as playing music, creating lists, managing clock alarms, listening to podcasts, playing audiobooks, reading news, providing weather updates, traffic reports, and a variety of other tasks, typically ...

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