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Developing a Proxy Service to Bring Naturality to Amazon’s Personal Assistant “Alexa”

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Amazon’s Alexa is an intelligent personal assistant, developed to be used jointly with a Bluetooth Speaker and microphone hardware called Amazon Echo. Even though Alexa is supposed to be a natural user interface, its use is not very natural. As a user is intending to use Amazon’s Alexa system, they must follow a very tighten and structured way to provide the commands for the system to achieve its goal. In this paper, we propose a proxy service called “Plis”. This service was developed as a Skill to be used with the Amazon Echo. Therefore, a user can say: Alexa, “plis” and our functionality will start its job. Our skill determines from the natural way in which the user speaks what they are asking for. With that information, we create a query that would be further sent to other skills already providing the functionality required.

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  • Intelligent personal assistant
  • Amazon Echo
  • Alexa

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This work was partially supported by Centro de Investigaciones en Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicación (CITIC), Escuela de Ciencias de la Computación e Informática (ECCI) both at Universidad de Costa Rica.

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Carvajal, L., Quesada, L., López, G., Brenes, J.A. (2018). Developing a Proxy Service to Bring Naturality to Amazon’s Personal Assistant “Alexa”. In: Nunes, I. (eds) Advances in Human Factors and Systems Interaction. AHFE 2017. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 592. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60366-7_25

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