Nov 082017
 

I love it when my two favorite things, Hatsune Miku and Technology, are brought together. The latest news release from Crypton Future Media reveals that the voice of Hatsune Miku, their most popular Vocaloid software, will be coming to the Amazon Alexa digital assistant in Japan to coincide with the launch of the Amazon Echo smart speaker in the country later this year. Soon, interacting with Alexa/Miku will be a reality with “Hey MIKU!” commands, and more.

Having the popular virtual idol as the voice of your home’s digital assistant is definitely an exciting prospect for many Hatsune Miku fans, but this feature will be limited to use with Amazon Japan accounts with Prime membership, and will only be available in the Japanese language. The feature is an “Alexa Skill” (essentially an app) via the Amazon Skills download page when it becomes available.

The Amazon Echo’s Japan launch date isn’t officially announced yet, although they’re accepting applications for invites to be an early adopter. While we’ve seen concepts of Hatsune Miku as a home assistant before, we’re excited to see the idea finally come to mass-market. Here’s to hoping it gets a Westward release!

Via Crypton Future Media

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  • Saron

    Wouldn’t you have to be conversational in Japanese?

  • Our workplace has this tradition of get together during someone’s birthday and sing happy birthday, but nobody wants to start (or sing at all…), so we ask Alexa to start it off..
    I’m looking forward to the day when Miku can sing happy birthday, IN JAPANESE, so then none of us will have to sing… Umm this is brilliant. Hurry hurry!! :p