The Louder You Speak, the Worse You Listen

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I’m talking about you, Alexa. Today, our younger daughter tried to imitate Peter Andre in his Mysterious Girl video. It was a perfect moment to play the song.

“Alexa, Play Peter Andre Mysterious Girl”

“Peter Andre Mysterious Girl is available from Amazon Music Unlimited. Here’s a a related music station instead.”

“Alexa, Stop”

“Peter Andre Mysterious Girl is available from Amazon Music Unlimited. Here’s a a related music station instead.”

“Alexa, STOP”

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The day before, I had set the volume of the Echo Show much higher to change the mood of my older daughter. Eventually, Candida did it’s job. However, I left the volume up high.

Setting up a timer yielded a similar problem. The device could not hear over itself.

Acoustic Echo Cancellation is hard and the Echo and products certified by Amazon do a good job with this, also known as Barge In. But it’s not perfect. In addition, the placement of a device close to a wall or other objects, the properties of a room, and background noise can completely change the capability of the device.

Over the next few years, I can see more linking of device mics to create a large distributed array that will make AEC near perfect.

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