Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant has roped in Indian icon Amitabh Bachchan as its first celebrity voice experience in India. Users can simply say “Alexa, say hello to Amitabh Bachchan” on their Echo device, Fire TV, Alexa app, Amazon shopping app (Android) among other Alexa-enabled devices. The voice experience is slated to be available next year.
“Technology has always given me an opportunity to adapt to new forms. Be it in movies, TV shows, podcasts and now, I am excited to create this voice experience in partnership with Amazon and Alexa. With voice technology, we are building something to engage more effectively with my audience and well-wishers,” said Amitabh Bachchan on joining Alexa’s voice experience.
Amazon has said that the Alexa team will work closely with Bachchan to capture his voice. They have also promised to deliver a unique voice experience to customers. Hence, users will be able to ask Alexa’s Bachchan to tell jokes, weather, shayaris, advice, life lessons, motivational quotes and so much more. Also, Amazon could well add more functionalities before it is officially rolled out.
While Amitabh Bachchan is the first celebrity to lend his voice for Alexa, Amazon has already roped in Samuel L Jackson for something similar. Alexa users can now get weather updates, play their favourite music, listen to jokes and do plenty more in Jackson’s voice.
Here are few of the commands users can give:
“Alexa, ask Samuel if he has a favourite hobby.”
“Alexa, ask Samuel if he likes music.”
“Alexa, ask Samuel what he does when he’s not making movies.”
“Alexa, ask Samuel what his greatest achievement is.”
“Alexa, ask Samuel if he always wanted to be an actor.”
The latest update has come on the heels of Amazon adding support for printers. As per the new feature, users will be able to connect to Alexa with their smart printers and get print outs using voice commands.