Amazon's Alexa may soon get Voice ID for recognising different voices

He also revealed that Alexa now has more than 10,000 features or "skills" built by third party developers which have really helped to improve the functionality of this voice-controlled virtual assistant.

Time reports that since 2015, Amazon has been working on Voice ID, a way to distinguish between Alexa users' voices and correctly identify which member of a household is issuing commands.

If voice assistants really are the next big user interface, then Amazon is off to fantastic start - by the numbers, at least.

Alexa already allows multiple accounts and PIN verification for purchases, but adding a layer of security by employing voice-specific verification will certainly aid the process altogether. By being able to tell who is speaking to it, Alexa can have a set of rules to follow, making authorizing a purchase or ordering a mature movie a seamless operation without having to speak out a code to let Alexa know you are the authorized user.

The feature, which for now is reportedly called "Voice ID", enables Echo devices to recognize the voice of the main account holder associated with the speaker. A Gamepad Moto Mod that brings physical controls to the Moto Z is also expected to be launched by the company some time this year. In the blog post announcing the partnership, Motorola also notes that later this year, Alexa will be built into its phones, and you'll be able to make Alexa requests without even needing to unlock your phone. One can only imagine the extent of Amazon's exploration with voice-recognition technology. Since 2014, Amazon, along with third-party developers, have been cooking up different skills for Alexa, the number of which has recently passed the 10,000 mark. Google Assistant could only be found n the Google Pixel smartphone and in the Google Home, while Alexa was only on the Echo smart home hub.

Yamaha has announced Alexa support for its MusicCast multiroom ecosystem. Imagine if an Echo owner's guest spoke to Alexa but gets rebuffed: "I'm sorry".

  • Arturo Norris