Intel Outs New Speech-Enabling Dev Kit For Amazon's Alexa

Intel on Thursday detailed its product partnership with Amazon's Alexa Voice Service platform and reiterated its commitment to the growing ecosystem that's seeking to expand the availability of various Internet of Things (IoT) products in the United States and beyond, with its latest move on that front coming in the form of a new developer kit. The product was officially announced by Miles Kingston, General Manager of the company's Smart Home Group, with the senior executive stating how the offering was specifically designed to provide developers with an efficient solution for creating front-end elements of various voice-enabled services.

The Intel Speech Enabling Developer Kit is now available for pre-orders for $399 and is planned to start shipping to customers by the week starting on November 27th, after which its currently discounted price tag will go up to $499. The comprehensive solution boasts a broad range of functionalities and capabilities, with Intel specifically pointing out its acoustic echo cancellation and noise suppression features powered by the company's latest algorithms which also come with beamforming support and can enable a custom voice activation engine which reacts to the word "Alexa" by default. Support for an eight-mic circular array is also part of the package, as is Intel's dual-DSP coupled with a dedicated inference engine, a system designed for powering artificial intelligence services by applying rules to databases and coming to new conclusions which it subsequently adds to their knowledge base. The framework was made to address virtually all needs a developer working on a voice-enabled service could have in regards to the front-end aspect of their creation, Intel suggested.

The main goal that the tech giant is seeking to achieve with its newly announced dev kit is to bring contemporary IoT devices closer to humans in regards to how they process and react to sound. Far-field voice control can still be unreliable and must be significantly improved for speakers like the Echo and Google Home to truly become staples of Internet-enabled households, as indicated by Intel, and the Speech Enabling Developer Kit should accompany more capable hardware and provide developers with all the tools they need to facilitate this product evolution.

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