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Thank you for your response. I understand the basic issues that you mentioned. However, our research project focuses on specific aspects within Alexa (which may not be described in details here on purpose just to avoid introducing any bias in people's responses/opinions beforehand). The details will be shared in the interview itself with the goal of improving specific aspects of Alexa's voice UI. Your opinion can help us design interventions to improve Alexa's voice interaction model.

Please consider signing up for the study using the following link to discuss more: https://go.ncsu.edu/va_interface_study

Thanks!
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Given that this is an unusual post on this forum, I am commenting with hesitation to the underlying issue.
This could have been an Amazon, etc idea to supplement their own limited focus on the cultivation of a concept that has frustrated user for a long time.
Given there are 2 basic issues, language recognition as a primary mode of interaction, and understanding the request in a conceptual way.
While there is considerable progress on the language side made, the capability of interpreting the intend of the statement received is completely lacking Finesse.
There is some hope with AI to take that aspect over, whereas your project seems to be not a timely meaningful way of addressing the basic limitations we are encountering on a daily basis.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa Not Exactly Playing What I Asked For??
« Last post by renegade600 on March 20, 2024, 06:25:34 pm »
Do you have a subscription for music? Unless you have that you will not be able to completely control what Alexa will actually play. Also you may have to define the music service that Alexa by default is going to be used. So if you have a subscription for Apple music but you don't let is default to that provider, Alexa may decide to try to meet your request by offering something available for free on Amazon.

It will play if you subscribe to their music service.   Otherwise, it is a tossup as to whether or not it will eventually play.   
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa Not Exactly Playing What I Asked For??
« Last post by jwlv on March 20, 2024, 06:16:19 pm »
A couple of years ago, Alexa can play just about any song by any artist just by asking for it.
More recently Amazon changed course on that. Instead of playing the exact song you asked for, it'll give you a station with that song and similar songs. It's a decision that Amazon made to nudge people to pay for Amazon Music which costs $10/month.

Similarly Amazon has eliminated the free version of Alexa Guard. Another example is the Ring Security System, a product owned by Amazon. You used to be able to get notified on your phone when the alarm is triggered. And you can arm, disarm, or silence the alarm remotely. That's gone too. You now have to pay to be able to change settings on your Ring Security Alarm.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Alexa Not Exactly Playing What I Asked For??
« Last post by Joachim47 on March 20, 2024, 06:11:27 pm »
Do you have a subscription for music? Unless you have that you will not be able to completely control what Alexa will actually play. Also you may have to define the music service that Alexa by default is going to be used. So if you have a subscription for Apple music but you don't let is default to that provider, Alexa may decide to try to meet your request by offering something available for free on Amazon.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Alexa Not Exactly Playing What I Asked For??
« Last post by dilligaf44 on March 20, 2024, 02:09:30 pm »
I purchased a new car stereo recently and was happy to learn it was compatible with Alexa. After downloading the app on my phone and pairing it with the car stereo I asked Alexa to play me a particular song by a certain artist but it she said "here is a station with the artist in question" or something like that anyway.

My point is I did not want a station I just wanted that artist and that song, was I asking too much??
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Hi all! I am Aafaq and I am a computer science PhD student at North Carolina State University and I am conducting an interview based research study on Smart Voice Assistants (Amazon Alexa etc) with the goal of improving the voice interface based on users suggestions. Please consider signing up if you are eligible based on the criteria mentioned in the details below. Participants will be compensated with a $15 Amazon e-gift card if they are called for and complete the interview.
Sign up using this link: https://go.ncsu.edu/va_interface_study

Flyer and details (also see flyer attached for QR code):
"Join Our Interview Research Study On Usage of Smart Voice Assistants!

Do you live in the US? Are you at least 18? Are you an active user of smart voice assistants (like Amazon Alexa etc)?
If so, we would like to hear from you!

About us: We are a group of researchers at North Carolina State University studying smart voice assistants.

Interview study details:

Where: Remote (via Zoom)
When: Interviews will take place in March and April 2024
Duration: 30 to 45 mins
Compensation: One $15 Amazon e-gift card (if you are interviewed). After you submit the initial short survey, we will notify you within 30 days if you are selected for an interview. Interviews will be audio recorded.
Questions? Email: asabir2@ncsu.edu

To participate in the interview study, please fill our short initial short survey: https://go.ncsu.edu/va_interface_study

This study has been approved by NC State University's Institutional Review Board."

Note: Consent was taken from the admin @jwlv before making this post.
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I have 2 x echo dot, both connected via TP-LINK mesh, using TPLINK wifi (made a new connection as told too)
The main server went down for 3 days (yes 3 days), and when i reconnected the dots i had to start all over as although the devices/routines was still in place they didnt work
OK, took me a long time, and now heres the problem

Ask alexa to say "Alexa open global player and play smooth"
alexa takes 34 seconds to reply, then another 25 seconds to connect
then Im lucky if she connects the first time.
same as all devices, takes approx 34 secs for alexa to say "OK" when asked to on the hallway lights"
likewise when i ask to turn off

Ive de-registered
Ive unplugged for 10 secs and plugged her back in
Ive re-set TP-LINK (3 times)
Reset the router

All to no avail....still the problem persist

Signal strength on test my speed is 110MBPS
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Astro is now available for purchase to the public
« Last post by renegade600 on February 21, 2024, 09:52:43 pm »
The subscription is just a Ring subscription, which you can bundle with Ring doorbells, cameras, and security system. It doesn't cost much.

The subscription is 80 bucks plus tax a month since this is the securty version of the astro.

from Amazon  https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Astro-for-Business-mobile-security-robot/dp/B0BX1HG85N
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Subscription
To get the most out of Astro for Business, try both Astro Secure and Ring Protect Pro free for 30 days—a $80 value + applicable tax. Terms and conditions apply. These subscriptions (sold separately) unlock scheduled and custom patrols, smart alerts, and more. A Ring Protect Pro subscription is needed to subscribe to Astro Secure. Learn more about what Astro for Business can do.
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Amazon Echo Discussion / Re: Astro is now available for purchase to the public
« Last post by jwlv on February 19, 2024, 05:32:30 pm »
The subscription is just a Ring subscription, which you can bundle with Ring doorbells, cameras, and security system. It doesn't cost much.
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