Acer today announced that Amazon Alexa will be coming to select Aspire, Spin, Switch and Swift notebooks, as well as Aspire all-in-one PCs starting from Q1 2018. Amazon Alexa will initially be available in the US via an update through Acer Care Center, while wider support is expected to be rolled out mid-2018.
Enabled by Intel Smart Sound Technology, an integrated audio DSP (Digital Signal Processor) built to handle audio, voice, and speech interactions, many of the latest notebooks and desktops from Acer will support Amazon Alexa and respond to voice commands quickly while offering high fidelity audio without impacting system performance.
With Amazon Alexa, owners of compatible Acer notebooks and desktops can get more done by asking Alexa to check their calendar, create lists and answer questions; be entertained by asking Alexa to play their favorite music, podcasts or audiobooks; and manage smart home devices by controlling lights, thermostats and home appliances through voice commands to Alexa.
“Acer is excited to be among the first brands to bring Alexa to PCs,” said Jerry Kao, President of IT Products Business of Acer Inc. “With industry-leading audio technology across our portfolio, we’re providing consumers the possibility to interact with multiple voice services on their notebook or desktop. Alexa lets users do thousands of things and we’re now bringing those capabilities natively to PCs.”
“Hands-free access to Alexa on PCs can be helpful to customers in many ways, like making it simple to interact with your smart home, get news or weather, set timers, and more. This is a big step toward making Alexa available wherever customers might need her,” added Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Alexa.
Notebooks such as the newly launched Switch 7 Black Edition and Spin 5 with Acer Purified.Voice and four digital microphones support far-field voice recognition from up to nine feet (2.74 m) away, whereas other laptops with dual microphones will be able to activate Alexa within three feet (0.91 m).
All supported convertible and 2-in-1 notebooks come with front-facing speakers and provide an immersive audio experience.
Meanwhile, Acer has launched the world’s thinnest laptop, the Swift 7 at the CES 2018. Powered by a powerful 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, it runs on Windows 10 operating system.
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