Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Amazon Alexa Coders Can Now Use 8 Different Voices in Their Skills

Amazon Alexa Coders Can Now Use 8 Different Voices in Their Skills

It's all part of Amazon Polly, which was created for Alexa developers back in 2017. For developers with skills that use only one voice, changing it or adding another in the right place may offer a more engaging experience for customers, according to the post.

Amazon has made it possible for coders to embed eight different computerized voices into their skills for the company's Alexa voice-activated digital assistant. So, for example, they can give a different voice to each character in an adventure story or in a game skill.

It should be noted that developers can already add multiple voices to their skills, but it's a more complex process that involves recording a voice as an audio file. Visit the Amazon Polly product page for more information.

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At the event, Vogels said: "We've been thinking if voice is the natural way to interact in your home and home automation, why don't we build something you can use at work as well?"

The latest Alexa developer preview allows Skill creators to choose from a selection of voices, including Polly - which features 24 languages - Amazon's text-to-speed service. Skills that drive high customer engagement can also lead to a payday for developers through Alexa Developer Rewards. Amazon Polly is a text-to-speech service that uses advanced deep learning technologies to synthesize speech that sounds like a human voice.

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