Amazon has added two more celebrities to its Alexa digital assistant.
You can now have Alexa speak in the voices of Shaquille O’Neal or Melissa McCarthy, replacing Alexa’s default female voice. Alexa users can ask Shaq or McCarthy to tell them the weather, play songs, tell jokes, read poems or stories, and do other things (like asking Shaq to rap or soliciting a funny story from McCarthy).
Customers in the United States can purchase the O’Neal and McCarthy Alexa voices for $4.99 each. The deals are intended to add another selling point to Amazon’s Echo smart speakers and other Alexa-enabled devices while also generating some incremental revenue.
Shaq and McCarthy join “Pulp Fiction” actor Samuel L. Jackson, as alternative voice options for devices.
In her Alexa introduction, McCarthy says, “I wish I had an exotic name like Svetlana or Giselle. But you can call me Melissa.” In another clip, she says: “Hey, remember when you said to set that alarm for you? Um — this is the alarm going off. So, you’ve been alarmed.”
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