Amazon Alexa users have been stuck saying "Amazon," "Alexa," or "Echo" to wake their devices, but not any longer: Amazon just added Computer as an Alexa wake word so you can finally address the IoT like the personal starship you know it is in your head.
How to change your Amazon Echo wake word
- Open the Alexa app on your smartphone.
- Tap the menu button on the left hand side of the screen to bring up the navigation menu.
- Tap on Settings.
- Tap on the Echo device you want to modify.
- Scroll down to Wake Word and tap it.
- Open the dropdown menu and change the wake word to Computer.
- Tap done and start living the Trek lifestyle.
At TechRepublic we've been wishing for a Star Trek-style wake word since we first tore open an Amazon Echo in 2015. It's great to be able to live in a small pocket of the 23rd century but it's hard to do it when words like "Alexa" and "Amazon" keep breaking my sense of immersion.
SEE: Amazon Alexa: The smart person's guide (TechRepublic)
That problem is completely gone now, and in its place we have a completely Star Trek-like system that does everything from deliver the latest news headlines to giving you important information about electronic resistors based on their colored bands.
SEE: 10 Amazon Alexa skills to add to your Echo today (TechRepublic)
Now the only thing left to do is change the wake up and end request sounds to match the ones from The Next Generation. And to collect enough audio recordings of Majel Barrett-Roddenberry's voice so we can make Alexa sound just like the Enterprise.
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