Amazon Alexa Whisper Mode Begins Rolling Out, Is Disabled by Default

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Some of these seem more useful than others - I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the Echo Wall Clock - but new products weren't the only topic of the day. Now Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa knows that too.

A new "Whisper Mode" has launched, allowing Amazon's smart speaker to keep the volume down when needed.

The use cases of the new feature are fairly obvious, but as Amazon noted in its announcement post, whisper mode is great for interacting with Alexa early in the morning before everyone is awake, or late at night after everyone has gone to sleep.

Whisper mode was one of several software updates Amazon showed off last month.

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So, if you've got a sleeping partner next to you and you need to ask Alexa a question, you can whisper your queries and not have to worry about Alexa waking them up. With whisper mode, you will no longer accidentally wake up the entire house. As reported by TechCrunch, it will soon be possible to communicate with the AI entirely via whispers. Whisper Mode works with Alexa Voice Service devices and Alexa Skills in US English.

When enabled, Alexa will be able to detect when you're whispering, and when she responds, she'll whisper back instead of talking at her normal volume.

Whisper Mode is reportedly powered by the same technology behind Alexa Guard, which recognises smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and glass breaking, turning Alexa into a home security system.

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