AMAZON’s Alexa may start recording conversations before a wake word is used according to a patent filed in the US.
The device now only starts listening after “Alexa” is said but this new change could see it listening before a formal command is used.
The device now only starts listening after “Alexa” is said but this new change could see it listening before a formal command is said[/caption]
The word “Alexa” is said in order to wake the device up where it listens to the command before sending it to Amazon to process.
At present commands such as “play some music Alexa” are not recognised by the device but this could change if the technology is approved.
The patent authors Kurt Wesley Piersol and Gabriel Beddingfield said: “While such phrasings may be natural for a user, current speech processing systems are not configured to handle commands that are not preceded by a wakeword.
“Offered is a system to correct this problem.”
Amazon told Buzzfeed News: “The technology in this patent is not in use, and referring to the potential use of patents is highly speculative.”
The patent application states once the wake word is heard Alexa may “look backwards” to listen if a command had been made prior to the wakeword.
The audio would then be sent to Amazon servers where it would be processed.
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It remains unclear if this feature could be turned off.
It comes as we revealed Amazon has previously been accused of violating the privacy of youngsters with its Alexa-powered Echo speakers.
A Sun Online investigation also explored whether our phones were spying on us amid fears our conversations were being listening too.
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