Amazon just put Alexa in a browser

Amazon just launched a web version of Alexa, so developers and users around the world can check out the Echo without having to buy one.

Alexa is an intelligent voice assistant that is the technology behind Amazon's Echo, a device with voice UI for living rooms. As Amazon's Echo is not sold outside the United States, Amazon just launched a web version of Alexa. The purpose of the web site is to let developers and consumers get an idea of what Alexa is capable of, even if they do not own an Echo.

The web based version of Alexa is live at Echosim.io. It is a community edition, that had started as a project in a hackathon late last year. The Echo simulation is powered by 3D javascript graphics. Echosim.io is entirely browser based, and there is no other setup required. To start using the Echosim, users will need an Amazon account. Once logged in, users and developers can use the microphone icon to interact with Alexa.

Echosim.io uses the Alexa Voice Server. The Alexa Voice server provides Alexa's capabilities to third party implementations. The Alexa software development kit allows developers building third party applications and hardware to integrate Alexa into their offerings. Amazon opened up integration with third party applications and services in January last year. Amazon is reportedly working on a standalone device powered by Alexa in the form factor of a tablet.

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