Alexa Voice Assistant is Coming to Select Acer Laptops
This year’s CES 2018 event has only just started but we’ve already witnessed some exciting surprises, the latest being Acer and Asus announcing that they’re bringing support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant to their laptops.
Amazon has started to integrate its Alexa assistant to desktops by an app designed for Windows. This app will be available for users from April. It has voice control for the ‘Alexa’ wake word and can also be triggered by a keyboard shortcut. This might be a competition to Microsoft’s Cortana assistant.
Acer today announced that Alexa will be coming to select Aspire, Spin, Switch and Swift notebooks, as well as Aspire all-in-one PCs starting from Q1 2018. 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. These are the Aspire 5, Aspire 7, Spin 3, Spin 5, Switch 7 Black Edition, Swift 3, Swift 5, Swift 7, Aspire Z24, Aspire U27 and Aspire S24.
With Alexa, users with compatible Acer notebooks and PCs can get more done by asking Alexa to check their calendar, create lists and answer questions; be entertained by asking Alexa to play their favourite music, podcasts or audiobooks. Users can also manage smart home devices by controlling lights, thermostats and home appliances through voice commands to Alexa.
“We’re delighted that Acer will bring Alexa to PC customers,” said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “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.”
Enabled by Intel Smart Sound Technology, an integrated audio DSP (Digital Signal Processor) built to handle audio, voice, and speech interactions, many of Acer’s latest notebooks and desktops will support Alexa and respond to voice commands quickly while offering high fidelity audio without impacting system performance.
Acer’s new V6820M and V6820i 4K UHD projectors will be among the first of its kind to support Amazon Alexa. Users will be able to control the projector after enabling the Acer Projector Smart Home skill by asking Alexa compatible Acer PC, “Alexa, turn on the projector,” “Alexa, select HDMI as the projector source,” or “Alexa, change projector display mode to bright.”