Alexa gains eight new voices - but they're for developers for now

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For example, you can give a different voice to each character in adventure stories and games.

Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech, allowing you to create applications that talk, and build entirely new categories of speech-enabled products.

Adding new voices into a skill can make it more interesting for customers to use, according to an Amazon blog post.

It was already possible to add additional voices to Alexa through MP3 recordings, but this solution is definitely more seamless for developers.

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Amazon Polly was first introduced at Amazon's re:Invent developer event in November 2016, and has been steadily ramping up its capabilities in the time since. Polly uses advanced deep learning technologies to synthesise speech that sounds like a human voice.

Developers can apply for the preview today by filling out a survey with ideas for using Amazon Polly voices in your skill. With this feature, users can tell Alexa to remember a specific thing and recall that information at a later date.

Amazon now has a number of different voices with different dialects and accents developers can now bundle into their skills, according to the company's website. "You can even use an Amazon Polly voice for every utterance in your skill if you like".

The bank used the Alexa Skills Kit to create the services.

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