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Amazon Alexa gets long-form speaking style

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Amazon has introduced a new speech style for Alexa and has also added a few speech styles for other artificial intelligence (AI) voices.

The feature was introduced in November and now, starting this week in the United States, developers can use the style optimized for large amounts of text information, to read web pages, articles, and more aloud. .

“Starting today, you can use a new long Alexa speaking style to create a more natural and engaging experience for content such as news articles or blogs,” Amazon said on its developer website Thursday.

“Powered by a deep learning speech synthesis model, the long speaking style allows Alexa to speak with more natural pauses while passing from one paragraph to another or even from one dialog to another between different characters, “he adds. .

Amazon is also adding its news and talk styles for voices Matthew and Joanna from Amazon Polly, its neural network-based AWS voice synthesis service, and adding its news style to Lupe, its Spanish American voice.

AI service that will allow developers to create “realistic” speech in 29 languages ​​and other developers can now use 10 additional Amazon Polly voices to develop their Alexa skills.