Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

New Alexa Feature Makes Follow-Up Commands Easier

New Alexa Feature Makes Follow-Up Commands Easier

Amazon's Alexa devices include the $49.99 Echo Dot, to the $99.99 Echo, and the $229.99 Echo Show.

The basic idea is simple, and obvious in hindsight.

Thankfully, Amazon has realized this issue and introduced a new feature called Follow-Up Mode, which makes Alexa listen for a couple of seconds after she has finished speaking. "She didn't even say anything, just laughed".

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An explanation for this behavior, which Amazon has given, according to the British "Guardian" and the BBC, is that in some rare cases the personal digital assistant listens to the non-existent command "Alexa laughed".

You can enable Follow-Up Mode on your device by opening the Alexa app and navigating to the Settings menu. ALEXA: "OK." (continues listening) YOU: "Set the thermostat to 68". This follows a problem last week where Amazon Alexa stopped working altogether and wouldn't respond to voice commands at all and essentially lost her voice. Amazon also notes that you can end the "conversation" in relatively normal fashion by saying something like "thank you", or "stop", while she's listening for a follow-up. Amazon acknowledged on Wednesday that some of its Alexa-enabled devices have developed a new skill: creeping out their owners with unexpected and unwarranted bursts of robotic laughter. Select your device then toggle the Follow-Up Mode switch.

Another user wrote: "I was lying down and was getting ready to sleep when Alexa made a very loud and thrilling laugh from my Amazon Echo speakers". The company also says the latter phrase is "less likely to have false positives", or in other words the Alexa software is likely to mistake common words and phrases that sound similar to the one that makes Alexa start laughing.

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