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Amazon Shares New Updates To Accessibility Features For Alexa

Steven Aquino
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Steven covers accessibility and assistive technologies.


Jul 24, 2023,05:35pm EDT|

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Amazon recently has shared updates on Alexa and accessibility.


This month, Seattle-based Amazon has announced updates to a few accessibility features for the industry’s doyenne of digital assistants in Alexa. The updates encompass three features: Tap to Alexa, Alexa Captions, and the new Automatic Speech Recognition technology.

With Tap to Alexa, it’s now possible to use one’s voice to enable the functionality by asking “Alexa, enable Tap to Alexa.” As the name implies, Tap to Alexa allows people to use Alexa by touch rather than voice. This is helpful for those who are nonverbal or have speech delays that make interacting with Alexa in the conventional manner—designed as a voice-first UI, obviously—difficult if not downright impossible.

Tap to Alexa was added to Amazon’s Fire tablets last September.

As for Alexa Captions, users are now able to use closed captioning, call captioning, and more with screen-based Echo devices such as the [...]

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