HP, Asus (Zenbook and Vivobook), Acer (Spin, Swift, Switch and Aspire) and Lenovo have already confirmed that their new lines announced at CES will come with "wake-word" support (in other words, saying Alexa without touching anything) but it won't be universal.
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Some notebook editions such as Spin 5 and Switch 7 Black Edition powered with 4 digital microphones and Acer Purified Voice can activate Alexa up to 9ft from the user, and the ones with dual microphones within3 ft from the user.
Since the PC runs on Windows 10, the Pavilion Wave will be able to speak with Microsoft's AI assistant Cortana.
The new Alexa integration shirks the earlier pledge made by Amazon and Microsoft to conflate their two brands, instead an entirely separate app will be made available to selected models, letting users access information in a way not dissimilar to how it's done on an Amazon Echo or other third-party devices. Amazon's digital assistant was already available for everyone as a web app, but it's not clear yet if this new desktop app will be restricted to select PCs with special mics.
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People can use Alexa on their computers, for example, to check their online calendars, play music or podcasts, and control Internet-connected devices like lights and thermostats in their homes, Acer said.
Amazon Alexa will roll out on Acer PCs in the United States via an update through Acer Care Center; other regions will get it in mid-2018. Amazon Alexa has spread from the company's Echo speakers into a growing number of third-party devices, in settings ranging from the vehicle to the bathroom. As Google and Apple continue growing and expanding their own personal assistants, Amazon has maintained its lead on those companies by getting Alexa into as much hardware as possible.
"Hands-free access to Alexa on PCs can be helpful to customers in many ways, like making it simple to interact with your smart home, get news or weather, set timers, and more", Amazon Alexa vice president Steve Rabuchin said in a statement. This interestingly makes Alexa a tougher competitor for Cortana. Basically, at some point in the future, you'll be able to ask Cortana to tell Alexa to do something and vice versa.
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