Published on January 10, 2024, 6:41 am
At this year’s CES, Amazon has unveiled three new Alexa skills that harness the power of artificial intelligence (AI). These skills are now available for all Echo and Alexa users and can be accessed through the Alexa app or the Alexa Skills website.
The first skill is called Character.AI, developed by the creators of the Character.AI website. With this skill, you can chat with different chatbots, including historical figures like Socrates or Albert Einstein. Engage in discussions about philosophy or physics, or seek help and advice from trip planners, dating coaches, fitness coaches, and other assistants. If you’re looking for entertainment, you can explore AI-driven alternate timelines or participate in helping an AI escape a challenging situation. Just say “Alexa, open Character.AI” to get started.
Next on the list is Splash. This skill uses AI to create customized songs based on your description. You can ask Alexa to create any type of song or specify a particular music genre. After playing a short excerpt of the song, Alexa gives you the option to make any changes, such as adding lyrics. If you’re satisfied with the tune, you can instruct Alexa to send it to your phone for playback. To unleash your creativity and generate a unique song experience, simply say “Alexa, create a song with Splash Music” or “Alexa, open Splash Music” if you want to specify a genre.
The third skill is called Volley Games and puts an AI twist on the classic 20 questions game. In this skill, an AI host challenges you to guess an object by asking ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions. The category is revealed and you must ask strategic questions until you successfully identify the mystery item. Throughout the game, hints are available if needed. To embark on this interactive guessing adventure, say “Alexa, open Volley Games” and let the challenge begin.
All three skills were developed using new tools introduced by Amazon in September. These tools aim to seamlessly integrate generative AI into Alexa skills, enabling users to engage in conversations and access real-time data. In addition to the newly announced skills, Amazon highlighted other capabilities such as booking restaurant reservations and receiving summaries of trending news stories.
As AI continues to evolve, we can expect more innovative and interactive experiences with voice assistants like Alexa. These new skills demonstrate the versatility and potential of AI-powered applications, allowing us to chat with chatbots, create personalized songs, and enjoy challenging games. So why not give them a try and explore the exciting world of Generative AI?