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Revolutionizing home assistants: SuperJack and other third party augmentations

(TECH NEWS) Google and Amazon have opened up their home assistants with hopes that third parties will join in on the fun.

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Google Home and Amazon Alexa have opened themselves up to third party integration in the hopes to offer consumers even more reasons to use them.

With more features, the gadgets become essential to everyday living.

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One of the newest features added to Alexa is SuperJack, a voice activated alert system. The idea comes from the fact that not everyone has access to their cell phones all of the time, which can be inconvenient when they really need help.

SuperJack can be activated by voice or set for inactivity, which will send alerts if certain “safe words” are not heard over specific time intervals.

Once SuperJack hears your call for help, a custom message will be sent via SMS, email or over Facebook and Slack.

It’s an easier way for people to communicate and their website offers a few examples: an overwhelmed babysitter, a tenant in crisis or an elderly family member in need. The Alexa add-on is expected to launch soon.

Plenty of augments to go around

This is just one of thousands of third party services created to enhance Alexa. In order to compete with Apple’s Siri and Google Home, Amazon started expanding their features by utilizing third party integration.

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It’s their strategy: Amazon wants to be everywhere.

Through Alexa Skills, people have access to a huge library of skills that they can add to the Alexa app. For example, Quick Events will add events to your Google Calendar. You can even order Domino’s via Alexa.

Google want in too

Google has followed suit by opening up Google Assistant to third party developers. They also saw the need for more user engagement with outside resources.
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If this trend continues, both Amazon Alexa and Google Home will have endless features. There will not be a need to use anything else, which perhaps is the point.


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Natalie is a Staff Writer at The American Genius and co-founded an Austin creative magazine called Almost Real Things. When she is not writing, she spends her time making art, teaching painting classes and confusing people. In addition to pursuing a writing career, Natalie plans on getting her MFA to become a Professor of Fine Art.

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