Saturday Night time Reside this week offered a sneak peek at an Amazon Echo “for folks of a sure age.”
The sketch (under) advertises the Amazon Echo Silver, “the one good speaker system for use particularly by the best technology.” The wood-grain speaker, with a gold accents and accompanying stand, is “tremendous loud and responds to any identify even remotely near Alexa.”
The fake spot opens with an aged Kenan Thompson yelling at his common Echo: “Alyssa, what time is it?” he asks earlier than attempting “Amanda!” and “Odessa!” In contrast to the true Echo, the Silver can have affected person back-and-forth conversations with seniors, who usually are not fairly positive of her responses. And do not forget the “uh huh” function for Echo house owners who wish to ramble.
The SNL sketch comes shortly after Amazon rolled out Alexa Calling, which helps you to use the good speaker to position calls or ship messages. It is a pure development for the system, however there’s one minor downside: Alexa Calling doesn’t presently allow you to block sure contacts.
As Elise Oras outlined in a Medium post, activating Alexa Calling requires you to present the Alexa app permission to entry you telephone’s contacts.
“Now, what I anticipated to occur…is a listing of contacts pops up and also you decide and select who so as to add,” Oras writes. “However that is not what occurred. As an alternative, each contact that additionally has the Alexa app is now in my Alexa Calling contacts. Amongst my contacts have been outdated landlords, many co-workers, random vendor account managers, metropolis councilmen, and naturally, loopy ex-boyfriends. And each now has a direct line into my dwelling.”
Oras tweeted at Amazon, which told her there may be not presently a solution to block somebody on Alexa Calling. To disable the function, in the meantime, you need to truly call Amazon. The corporate, nevertheless, tells Geekwire that it’ll add the flexibility to dam callers “within the coming weeks.”
When you preserve it energetic, Alexa will announce any incoming calls and the Echo ring will flip inexperienced. Say “Reply” to take the decision or “Ignore” dismiss it.