Amazon's Echo Smart Speakers Play Jeopardy Over Voice Commands

By Staff Writer

Jan 14, 2016 05:12 AM EST

Amazon continues to add new features to its Echo smart speaker with the new updates. The new features enable users to change chapters of a book with voice commands.

Not only that but also the recently added features allow Amazon Echo speaker to play Jeopardy. Once the Alexa app is updated either from the Google Play Store or the Amazon Appstore, the features need to be manually enabled from the settings menu.

Amazon's Echo speaker, empowered with voice guided digital assistant Alexa, is good for kitchen timers, playing music, and shopping on Amazon, of course. Playing Jeopardy may be added to the list. Users just need to answer (in the form of question) in response to the question (furnished as phrasal clues) uttered by Alexa, reports The Verge.

Alexa made questions include various categories, like sports, pop culture, travelling and world history in a bid to test users' ability to recall trivial bits of information. The app has been designed following the trend of Jeopardy show, reports Engadget.

'Jeopardy!' is an NBC television game show created by Merv Griffin. The show features a quiz competition where contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers. The participants have to phrase their responses in the form of questions.

Amazon's Echo device is a wireless speaker that has been designed, developed and marketed by Amazon, the Seattle, Washington based online retail giant. The Echo has been first launched in November, 2014 which responds to the name Alexa. This trigger word makes the artificially intelligent in built smart speaker to respond and get engaged, reports Android Headlines.

Recent updates to the device have brought along a number of new skills to the gadget, including the ability to answer Star Wars queries. It has also added the capacity to pinpoint Santa's exact location and the aptitude to be able to answer questions regarding the stock market.

With the election campaign on in full force, Alexa now also offers factoids and share jokes regarding candidates across the political divide. It also appears with surprising new messages when asked about its New Year's resolution.

Furthermore, with recent updates, Amazon's Echo speakers are no longer required to plug into the wall 24/ 7. It may be charged now with a docking station. Amazon hasn't yet released sales data following industry fashion. But it holds an 4.5-star review average among customers and currently shows as out of stock through late January.

Echo smart speakers, designed, developed and marketed by the ecommerce giant Amazon have been updated recently. The updated version enables users to play Jeopardy just in the manner of NBC television show. Though Amazon hasn't revealed sales data on Echo's earlier version, it enjoys an 4.5 review rating average among customers.


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