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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Alexa, Siri and Librarians

Alexa and Siri at the Library: How Librarians Are Tapping Into the Internet of Things 

Brandi Scardilli | September 1, 2015

The Amazon Echo (powered by the cloud-based voice service Alexa) and the Apple Watch (featuring digital assistant Siri) are two of the latest products designed to make people’s lives easier by quickly retrieving information and performing actions when prompted. Part of the Internet of Things (IoT), these devices receive updates from their respective cloud servers so they can always provide the most up-to-date answers. Alexa and Siri can perform simple tasks, such as sharing the day’s weather forecast, reading aloud what’s planned on your calendar, and providing the latest sports scores.

Why the Design Matters
The Echo is a slender, cylindrical device that can fit in any room or office as unobtrusively as a stereo speaker.  Source:


<more at; related links: (Amazon Echo Builds a Virtual Assistant Into a Home, Office Speaker. August 24, 2015)>

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