After losing her voice in the name of publicity for a much-talked about Super Bowl ad, the electronic personal assistant, Amazon's Alexa, has gone quiet today with widespread reports of malfunctions.
This doesn't appear to be a localized issue, as complaints are now streaming in at an alarming pace on Down Detector, where thousands of users are having trouble with their Echos and Echo Dots. When you finally do get something out of Alexa, it will be the fact that it's lost connection.
An Alexa "skill" already translates short sentences in English into 36 languages including Arabic, Hindi, Indonesian, Polish, Thai and many more - but just short phrases and words. One possible way of doing this is by having Alexa translate language in a more sophisticated manner. DownDetector.com is also reporting with Alexa. Google Pixel Buds has a similar feature and obviously work with a Google Assistant.
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It makes sense that Amazon would launch this feature for Alexa, given everything else she can do, but it does have me wondering whether this means we'll be seeing some Alexa-powered earbuds or headphones from Amazon in the near future.
Yahoo found that Alexa could soon help a native English speaker attending a meeting with Japanese business partners understand what those people are saying in Japanese.
Sources "familiar with the matter" told Yahoo that Amazon has a grand vision of a "Star Trek-like" capability where Alexa can simply respond to virtually any voice command including real-time translation.