Viewers of San Diego CW affiliate XETV who own an Amazon Echo may have ordered something they didn’t want just because they were watching the station’s morning show.
XETV says after a story about a girl who accidentally ordered a doll house and four pounds of cookies through the family’s Amazon Echo, XETV’s anchors did the same thing to their viewers after anchor Jim Patton said “I love the little girl, saying ‘Alexa ordered me a dollhouse.”
Alexa, the voice recognition service on the Amazon Echo adapts to speech patterns and vocabulary but can’t tell who is talking.
“As soon as Patton said that,” reports XETV. “Viewers all over San Diego started complaining their echo devices had tried to order doll houses.”