Smart home

Amazon rolls out ‘whisper mode’ for Alexa

Amazon Alexa’s new whisper mode went live last week. The feature, initially demonstrated at Amazon Alexa’s event in Seattle in September, allows users to whisper normal Alexa commands and Alexa to respond by whispering back to you.

It is thought the new whisper mode will be helpful to parents who don’t want to wake a sleeping child or who would like to keep the room quiet around bedtime routines.

The concept behind the whisper mode was to train the device to recognise conversational cues, making Alexa’s responses seem more natural. Just as you would lower your voice in response to someone taking to you a hushed manner, the Amazon Echo device can now do just that.   

The feature is being rolled out initially to users in the United States.