Amazon Echo Upgrades Alexa So She Can Understand Your Pets, Just in Time for April Fools' Day

Petlexa spoof offers to 'get the whole house talking'

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For this year’s April Fools’ Day, Amazon is introducing a version of its Echo speaker for the dogs, cats and gerbils that might be jealous that their owner is spending too much time talking with somebody named Alexa.

In a YouTube video, Petlexa—as it’s called—riffs on the AI voice assistant that’s become increasingly ubiquitous in homes by showing why pets might want their own artificial assistant for when owners aren’t around. In an adorably humorous spot, Petlexa helps household animals track their wheel steps, play their Caturday music or activate an automatic ball thrower.

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