Amidst the deluge of CES revelations this week, it’s no revelation that generative AI takes the spotlight, with major tech players such as Volkswagen, Nvidia, and the ever-present Amazon.
Back in September 2023, Amazon tipped off developers about rolling out new tools for crafting LLM-powered experiences. Now, the company unveils three developers spearheading innovative generative AI-driven Alexa experiences:
- AI chatbot platform;
- Splash, an AI music entity; and
- Volley, a Voice AI game developer.
These experiences are now up for grabs in the Amazon Alexa Skill Store.
Character.AI’s latest venture lets Alexa users engage in real-time conversations with diverse personas, be it the fictional character Librarian Linda, a personal trainer, or even simulated versions of celebrities and historical figures like Elon Musk, Socrates, and William Shakespeare. The offerings extend to roleplay adventure games, such as aiding Nintendo’s Mario in rescuing Princess Peach.
On another note, Splash debuts a complimentary Alexa Skill allowing users to compose songs using their voice. Users simply utter, “Alexa, open Splash,” choose a musical genre (pop, electronic, rock, or hip hop), incorporate lyrics, and either rap or sing along. Custom songs can be downloaded by requesting Alexa to send a link to their mobile phones.
Volley steps in with its generative AI-infused “20 Questions” game, presenting Alexa users with a contemporary rendition of the well-known game. Employing generative AI, the game engages users through questions, provides hints, and clarifies “yes or no questions” when the human counterpart encounters a roadblock.
Amazon’s recent AI-driven augmentations to Alexa include introducing a new generative AI model to infuse the virtual assistant with a more opinionated personality, enabling it to adjust tone and response to convey human emotions like excitement or surprise.
Additionally, a kid-focused feature called “Explore with Alexa” has been launched on Echo devices, where Amazon Kids+ subscribers can indulge in kid-friendly conversations, discover fun facts, and tackle trivia questions.
In the realm of CES announcements, Amazon also discloses plans to integrate Fire TV into Panasonic’s new smart TVs in 2024, introduce Matter Casting support on Fire TV and Echo Show 15 devices, unveil the latest iteration of the Zoox robotaxi, and more.