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Alexa is the ‘friend in need’ in the U.S. with its new upgrade that tells us where the nearest vaccination camps are

New Delhi, July 06 (ANI): Health worker collects nasal sample from a man for COVID-19 test, in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI Photo)

Amazon as we all know is one of the biggest companies which has ever surfaced and it has its feet firmly on the ground in the matter of online shopping. But Amazon has also advanced into manufacturing gadgets and new technology. For example, let’s take Amazon Alexa as an example, it is a state-of-the-art virtual AI assistant which can interact with us humans. Most devices with Alexa allow users to activate the device using a wake-word (such as Alexa or Amazon); other devices (such as the Amazon mobile app on iOS or Android and Amazon Dash Wand) require the user to click a button to activate Alexa’s listening mode, although, some phones also allow a user to say a command, such as “Alexa” or “Alexa wake”. Currently, interaction and communication with Alexa are available only in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Hindi. In Canada, Alexa is available in English and French (with the Quebec accent). As of November 2018, Amazon had more than 10,000 employees working on Alexa and related products. In January 2019, Amazon’s devices team announced that they had sold over 100 million Alexa-enabled devices. In September 2019, Amazon launched many new devices achieving many records while competing with the world’s smart home industry. The new Echo Studio became the first smart speaker with 360 sound and Dolby sound. Other new devices included an Echo dot with a clock behind the fabric, a new third-generation Amazon Echo, Echo Show 8, a plug-in Echo device, Echo Flex, Alexa built-in wireless earphones, Echo buds, Alexa built-in spectacles, Echo frames, and Alexa built-in Ring, and Echo Loop.

We all know-hows the COVID-19 pandemic has ruined the lives of millions and millions of people and it is not yet clear when it will be over. As a matter of fact, it is on the rise. Amazon has brought some relief to its users with the new update that came out a few days ago. Amazon’s Alexa-empowered gadgets would now be able to help direct clients to COVID-19 immunization destinations, the organization reported today. Clients can ask, “Alexa, where would I be able to get a COVID antibody?” and hear a rundown of close-by spots to get a shot. Subsequent to hearing the rundown, clients can likewise request that Alexa call an immunization website, which the organization said in a blog entry can assist them with getting data about arrangement accessibility. Making COVID-19 immunization arrangements by telephone is frequently simpler for more seasoned grown-ups or others who battle to utilize web-based booking stages. Amazon presented an Alexa highlight that could guide individuals to COVID-19 testing destinations in February. Amazon facilitated makeshift immunization centers in Seattle and is additionally working with wellbeing authorities to inoculate its bleeding-edge representatives in various states. Each grown-up in the US is presently qualified for a COVID-19 antibody after each state complied with President Joe Biden’s time constraint to open up access by April nineteenth. The Biden organization said that 90% of individuals in the US ought to have an immunization site inside five miles of their home.