Amazon Opens Echo Voice-Processing Tech to Third-Party Mfgs.

7-Mic Far-Field Speech Processing Technology Now Available for Hardware Manufacturers April 17, 2017
Why This Matters

Amazon is working to help commercial developers build and launch far-field voice-initiated products with Alexa by reducing development time and cost.

 
Amazon is making the high-performance, far-field microphone array and voice processing technology found in Amazon Echo available to hardware makers that want to build the Alexa experience into their products. With the Amazon Alexa 7-Mic Far-Field Development Kit, Amazon is working to help commercial developers build and launch far-field voice-initiated products with Alexa by reducing development time and cost.

“Since the introduction of Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, device makers have been asking us to provide the technology and tools to enable a far-field Alexa experience for their products,” said Priya Abani, director, Amazon Alexa. “With this new reference solution, developers can design products with the same unique 7-mic circular array, beamforming technology, and voice-processing software that have made Amazon Echo so popular with customers. It’s never been easier for device makers to integrate Alexa and offer their customers world-class voice experiences.”

The hardware-based reference solution will be supported by leading chipset providers. The solution includes the same 7-microphone array found in Amazon Echo; Amazon’s proprietary software for wake-word recognition, beamforming, noise reduction, and echo cancellation; and reference client software for local device control and communication with the Alexa Voice Service.

The Amazon Alexa 7-Mic Far-Field Development Kit will be available to commercial device manufacturers through an exclusive, invite-only program. OEMs can visit the developer site to request an invite and learn more about the reference solutions currently available for hardware makers wanting to integrate Alexa.
 

“With this new reference solution, developers can design products with the same unique 7-mic circular array, beamforming technology, and voice-processing software that have made Amazon Echo so popular with customers.”—Priya Abani, director, Amazon Alexa

 

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