Smart speakers and other AI assistant devices are useful, especially when you need information quickly and don’t want to take out your phone or tablet. However, using these gadgets regularly can be unpleasant because every request and instruction must begin with the wake word – a problem that Amazon’s Conversation Mode solves.
Conversation Mode is a new feature for Amazon’s Echo Show 10 smart display that allows users to offer Alexa several orders or requests without saying “Hey Alexa” after each one. “Alexa, join the chat,” an optional function, is triggered by saying, “Alexa, join the conversation.”
Anyone can chat to Alexa without uttering the wake word by stating that phrase, but they must be within view of the smart display’s camera and gazing at the Echo Show’s screen.
Alexa will respond to users’ commands, letting them know that she has heard them. For example, while rummaging through the fridge, Conversation Mode could be beneficial for regularly adding items to a shopping list or getting answers to queries while working on a project. According to the company, Amazon’s AI can manage Conversation Mode by checking for visual and audio clues from the people in the room.
“Leave the discussion” switches Alexa back to its wake word-based listening method. The chat will also end if the camera shutter is closed or the microphone is turned off.
Alexa responds with a visual indicator in the shape of a blue border around the device’s screen, indicating that she is listening. Further privacy issues are addressed by Amazon, which claims that only Alexa queries are recorded and forwarded to the cloud. The Conversation Mode option will be available to Echo Show 10 smart display customers in the coming weeks.