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Why More Gadgets Powered By Amazon’s Alexa Could Invade Your Home Soon

Why More Gadgets Powered By Amazon’s Alexa Could Invade Your Home Soon

All this could change now that Amazon is partnering with Conexant, a maker of voice processor chips and software, on a development kit for Alexa devices. By hooking up a Raspberry Pi mini-computer with one of Conexant’s dual-microphone kits, hardware makers can start prototyping Alexa-ready gadgets in a matter of days, rather than months, and they won’t have to figure out the tricky technology of far-field voice recognition on their own.

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Amazon Teaming Up With Conexant to Bring Alexa to Third Party Manufacturers

Amazon Teaming Up With Conexant to Bring Alexa to Third Party Manufacturers

Amazon is teaming up with semiconductor and voice solutions provider Conexant to bring Alexa to even more devices, the companies announced Thursday. The companies plan to expand the market of voice enabled digital assistants powered by Amazon’s Alexa with the creation of the AudioSmart™ 2-mic Development Kit for smart home appliances. The kit is designed to connect to a Raspberry Pi, a small, credit-card sized computer which can be used in electronics projects.

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Build Amazon Alexa-Enabled Devices with the AudioSmart 2-Mic Dev Kit for Raspberry Pi

Build Amazon Alexa-Enabled Devices with the AudioSmart 2-Mic Dev Kit for Raspberry Pi

At the heart of the kit is Conexant’s AudioSmart CX20921 Voice Input Processor, which recognizes the Alexa wake word and delivers speech requests for processing from anywhere in the room — even in noisy, real-world conditions. The chip also enables voice barge-in capabilities, allowing users to interrupt their Alexa unit when its playing sound. This ensures that AVS hears only the user’s command, and nothing else, which in turn provides a consistently accurate AVS experience.

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Conexant working with Amazon to create AudioSmart 2-mic development kit for Amazon Alexa

Conexant working with Amazon to create AudioSmart 2-mic development kit for Amazon Alexa

Conexant’s dual-microphone voice processing solution is designed to recognize the Alexa wake word and deliver speech requests for processing from anywhere in the room, even in noisy, real-world conditions. The solution also enables voice barge-in capabilities, allowing users to interrupt their Alexa device when its playing sound. The AudioSmart 2-mic Development Kit will save engineering time and reduce costs related to developing noise robust voice-enabled devices.

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Amazon and Conexant launch pre-configured Alexa Voice Service (AVS) AudioSmart 2-mic Development Kit for smart home applications

Amazon and Conexant launch pre-configured Alexa Voice Service (AVS) AudioSmart 2-mic Development Kit for smart home applications

Makers take heed: A new collaboration between Amazon and Conexant Systems brings voice-controlled virtual assistants to the open-source maker market. The two companies partnered together to launch a pre-configured Alexa Voice Service (AVS) AudioSmart 2-mic Development Kit for smart home applications, empowering developers to integrate the Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service into their unique Raspberry Pi projects.

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