Amazon on Friday debuted Echosim.io
, a website that simulates the capabilities of the Amazon Echo speaker, which uses Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant technology.
Many potential buyers of the Amazon Echo, Tap, or Echo Dot, are not aware of its capabilities and therefore skip over acquiring the device.
The new simulator is simple to use, just visit the website, log into your Amazon account, and then hold down the simulator button and speak into the device.
The new tool was inspired by the Alexa in the Browser
application that Nexmo developer advocate Sam Machin came up with during a hackathon last year.
“Developers worldwide can use Echosim to experience Alexa,” Amazon Alexa developer marketing manager Glenn Cameron wrote in a blog post
It’s a good time for Amazon Echo to be touting itself in as many forms as possible. Both Apple Siri technology and Google’s own voice recognition and AI software are taking aim at Amazon’s technology.
The simulator works with simple commands and more advanced questions. I asked the simulator who directed Jurassic Park and it quickly answered “Jurassic Park’s director Steven Spielberg.”
Not the best grammar but my question was answered.
I did find that speaking incredibly clearly was important with the simulator, otherwise it worked just like the Amazon Echo.