Amazon has this week announced the addition of support for its ad-free radio feeds in the form of Pride Stations, to the companies new Amazon Echo voice controlled personal assistant and wireless speaker system.
In March of this year Amazon released the Amazon Echo SDK to developers and was made available via an invitation only roll out, enabling them to incorporate the technology into applications and systems.
To re-cap Amazon Echo is a wireless speaker and personal assistant that is equipped with a seven piece microphone array, and processing power capable of answering voice commands and questions you ask it via an Internet connection similar to Apple’s Siri. As well as playing music and controlling smart devices around the home. Amazon explains more about the new features :
“Prime members can now ask Echo to play hundreds of ad-free, personalized streaming music stations. Like, dislike, or skip as many songs as you wish while you discover songs from the Prime Music catalog. With Prime Stations, the more you listen and rate songs, the more personalized each station becomes.
– Play a Prime Station by saying “Alexa, play the Bruno Mars Prime Station.”
– Control playback with “Alexa, next”, “Alexa, pause/resume”, or “Alexa, go back.”
– Learn about what’s playing by asking “Alexa, what song is this?”
– Personalize your stations by saying “Alexa, thumbs up/thumbs down.”
Also, because so many of you were interested in IFTTT, we’d like to share some great recipes Echo customers created which can control a Nest thermostat, add Shopping List items to an iOS Reminders list, or even have Echo send an e-mail. Since last Friday, Echo customers have created 10,000 recipes and shared over 100. If you haven’t used IFTTT yet, sign up here, activate the Amazon Alexa channel, and try any of the shared recipes. Thanks to everyone who has created and shared their recipes!”
Source: AEE : Engadget