South Indian multi system operator (MSO) e-Infrastructure and Entertainment India (e-Digital) has support for Amazon Alexa Voice Service on their existing set-top boxes (STBs).
MyBox Technologies, a leading R&D house backed by Hero Electronix, specialising in the research & development and manufacturing of STBs has developed an Alexa kit for STBs and is empowering the digital cable tv customers of e-Digital with voice-control.
Existing customers of e-Digital can just plug in the MyBox Alexa Kit to their existing MyBox set-top-box to access Alexa on their STBs. Customers can purchase these kits from their local cable operator for Rs. 1999.
The kit comprises of a push-to-talk Bluetooth remote and a USB hub integrated with Wi-Fi & Bluetooth dongle. Customers will have push-to-talk access to Alexa from the mic button on the remote. This will allow them to use voice as a mode of interaction with their STBs to change the channel and adjust the volume.
Since the STB will now connect to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service, customers can check the weather, answer questions, view recipes, listen to music from Amazon Prime Music, book cabs using Ola or Uber, order food from Zomato, and also control smart home appliances with simple voice commands. This voice-first experience will be complemented with visual display cards on the TV screen.
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