Alexa, tell me when my laundry is finished! Amazon’s smart assistant can now listen out for running water or beeping appliances 

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  • Amazon adds running water and beeping home appliances to Alexa routines
  • Routines are sequences of actions that the user can program as a handy shortcut
  • The tech giant describes the update in its Alexa monthly roundup for November

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Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant, can now listen for running water and beep home appliances, the firm has revealed.

The tech giant has both added ‘sound detectors’ to Alexa routines – Alexa-connected sequences of actions that users can program as shortcuts.

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This means Alexa can recognize individual sounds and send a notification through their device to the user so they can pay attention to them.

If users want Alexa to detect the Tumble Dryer’s ping when a spin is over, for example, they can set up a routine for Alexa to send an alert.

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Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa can now listen for running water and beeping devices, the firm has revealed. Pictured is Amazon Echo Dot (3rd generation)

How to set up Alexa Routines?

Users can set up a ‘sound detection’ routine in the Alexa app:

– Open the Alexa app

– Open the menu (three horizontal lines) and select Routines

– Select the plus icon

– Choose when it happens, and follow the steps in the app to choose what starts your routine.

– Choose add action, and follow the steps in the app to choose the course of action for your routine.

– You can select multiple actions for the same routine.

– choose save

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Alexa was previously only able to recognize dogs barking, babies crying, snoring, glass breaking, as well as smoke alarm beeps, ledge Report.

The tech giant describes the update in its Alexa Monthly Roundup for November.

In the update, it also said that its wall-mountable Echo Show 15, revealed in September along with several other products, will ship on December 9.

“We’ve added water running and appliance beeping as two new sounds that customers can use to initiate Alexa routines,” it added.

‘For example, set up a routine that enables Alexa to send you a notification when your washer indicates that your laundry is done.

‘Or, let Alexa remind you to turn off the sink if kids accidentally spill water after brushing their teeth.’

Alexa routines are shortcuts that save users time by grouping multiple tasks together, so you don’t need to ask for each one individually.

For example, after enabling the Start My Day routine, Alexa informs users of news, weather, and traffic updates when they say ‘Alexa, start my day.

Amazon also recently confirmed techradar That it has started rolling out the male version of its smart assistant for UK users.

Amazon's smart assistant powers the Echo speaker, with the rounded fourth-generation Echo released in autumn 2020 (pictured)

Amazon’s smart assistant powers the Echo speaker, with the rounded fourth-generation Echo released in autumn 2020 (pictured)

There is a small fraction of the voice – which has a typical but robotic-sounding American accent – to be heard Here, although it may sound more British when it comes to the UK.

In July, Amazon added ‘Ziggy’ as one of its ‘wake words’ – words that users can say before commands to make sure the smart assistant is listening – for US users.

Four other pre-existing wake words are Alexa, Computer, Amazon and Echo.

In addition, users can choose between male or female voices and use any wake word to activate them.

So that means users could potentially initiate a command with the word ‘ziggy’ and hear the female voice react in a gender twist.

As well as the Echo Show 15, in September Amazon revealed Astro, a robot dog that can monitor the home for intruders, and the Amazon Glo, a two-part device for kids that lets them know, among other products. Allows you to connect with loved ones remotely.

Amazon launches its first wall-mounted speaker and a robot dog at the unveiling ceremony

Amazon unveiled several new products at its online unveiling event in September, including an autonomous robot that can monitor a person’s home for intruders.

The $1,450 robot uses intelligent motion to check-in at your home while you’re away and alerts you of any disturbances.

It can move around your home autonomously, navigate to check in specific areas, show a live view of rooms via the Astro app, or check in if it detects an unfamiliar person. Can send alerts.

Astro can move around your home autonomously, navigate to check in specific areas, show you a live view of rooms through the Astro app, or even walk around if it's an unfamiliar Can also send an alert if it detects a person.

Astro can move around your home autonomously, navigate to check in specific areas, show you a live view of rooms through the Astro app, or even walk around if it’s an unfamiliar Can also send an alert if it detects a person.

Astro will cost $1,450, but as part of Amazon Day 1 Edition Program – which gives customers the opportunity to quickly reach out and provide feedback – will be available for a starting price of $1,000.

Amazon also unveiled the Echo Show 15, a children’s device called the ‘Amazon Glow’ so they can share an ‘interactive projected space’ with loved ones, and a new security doorbell.

The £240 ($250) Alexa-powered Echo Show 15 device has a 15.6-inch display that you can mount on your wall or on your counter.

Users can hang it horizontally or vertically on the wall like a photo frame, as it displays how-to videos, recipes from the web, or shows streamed from Netflix and Spotify.

The Echo Show 15 has a 15.6-inch display that you can mount on your wall or put on your counter

The Echo Show 15 has a 15.6-inch display that you can mount on your wall or put on your counter

The Echo Show 15 can live-stream from your smart doorbell, display streaming services interfaces, personal sticky notes for family members, and more.

If you opted to hang it from the wall and want to disable the display, users can ask Alexa to show a photo frame, and the Echo Show 15 just shows photos so it blends into the background.

Meanwhile, the Amazon Glow is a two-part device designed for kids that lets them remotely connect with loved ones by participating in activities together.

During a video call on the Glow, kids see a chat participant on a black device with a dedicated 8-inch display that almost looks like a retro walkie-talkie.

When they do, they can read stories,…

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