Even though Alexa is always listening, if you want her to do something for you then you must address her by name. The digital assistant is designed to carry out tasks only after hearing a "wake word" such as "Alexa," "Amazon," or "Echo."
A couple of weeks ago, I told you about the news anchor who used a wake word in his report about the little girl who asked Alexa for a dollhouse and cookies. Since his report activated purchases in the homes of people viewing the telecast, I suggested that adding a larger variety of wake words could be a possible solution.
Well, Amazon has done it! They just added the new wake word "Computer" and Trekkies everywhere can rejoice! "Star Trek" fans and other users of Amazon devices can address the assistant the same way the characters from the hit sci-fi franchise do.
How to change your wake word
- Open the Alexa app and go into the "Settings" section.
- Select the device you want to change and then scroll down and select "Wake Word."
- Select a new word from the drop down menu and hit "Save." The device's light ring will flash orange.
Fun Fact: Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, is a huge "Star Trek" fan. He once said that his inspiration for Amazon Echo was the talking computer from the series. He even got to play an alien in the 2016 film "Star Trek Beyond."