Monday, 19 March, 2018

Why you might hear creepy laughter from your Amazon Echo

Alexa's random creepy laughter is freaking out Echo users Amazon has figured out why your Alexa smart speaker is laughing at you
Theresa Hayes | 10 March, 2018, 17:44

This doesn't mean you combine commands into a single request, but it at least cuts down on the times you have to say "Alexa" in the same interaction.

Amazon has announced a new feature for its Alexa digital voice assistant called 'Follow-Up Mode.' This feature, however, is not available in Canada. Alexa won't nest one request into another, but it will accommodate multiple requests back to back. If you're one that asks Alexa a lot of questions, you're used to invoking her the old fashioned way with an "Alexa" callout first and foremost. They still have to divide those into two, but now without needing to say "Alexa" each time. Once the blue light fades, Alexa is officially back into sleep mode and must be woken up with a phrase like "Hey, Alexa" or whatever you've set your custom wake word or phrase to.

There are potential problems here, though.

If you don't want Alexa to keep listening, Amazon says you can stop each occurrence of Follow-Up Mode with a simple "thank you" or "stop" to get her to stop listening. After all, until they received an update, Echo units were shown to be prone to following commands from the TV. Now that Amazon knows what's causing Alexa to laugh for no good reason, it can focus on making sure it doesn't happen again. Once there, select the specific device, and then tap on the Follow-Up Mode toggle to turn it on.

What do you think about Follow-Up Mode?

It doesn't explain why some people have noticed the Echo's blue ring doesn't light up when Alexa laughs, nor that she doesn't make the usual chime sound that indicates she actually heard what you said.

The owners of devices "Amazon Echo" complain of bad laughter coming from the speakers. Maybe the company is already heading in that direction.