Hipages + Amazon Alexa help Aussies hire tradies hands

Hipages + Amazon Alexa help Aussies hire tradies hands

Hipages + Amazon Alexa help Aussies hire tradies hands

The version of Alexa launched will also be catered specifically for Australia and New Zealand, where it will come loaded with knowledge about the local areas, as well as skills created by local developers.

Westpac also launched a new range of wearable payment devices around the same time, in response to research that Australia has the highest contactless payments penetration in the world.

Amazon announced it would launch three of its Echo smart speakers in Australia early next month, with sales of the devices starting today at introductory prices between $49 and $199.

Amazon's Alexa powered range of devices have been incredibly popular in a number of countries like the USA, the United Kingdom and Europe, it will be interesting to see if the devices are also popular in Australia and New Zealand.

From today customers in Australia can preorder an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Plus, with the devices beginning to ship next month. "Now, customers can simply ask for assistance with all kinds of tasks, and the hipages skill can help". It's also the group's first step into artificial intelligence.

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For example, if you bank with the NAB or Westpac, Alexa can check your bank balance for you.

"We know our customers want a seamless banking experience that fits with their needs and complements their lifestyles", said Westpac chief executive, consumer bank, George Frazis. After that, a monthly subscription will be required to continue to use the service.

Jonathan Davey, NAB's Executive General Manager Digital and Innovation, says the cloud-based voice service from Amazon brought another another dimension to banking. "In the future, we certainly see this experience turning into one where you can pay bills, make funds transfers or even purchase items".

Time will tell if smart home novices will spurn their iPad for watching their favourite TV show or seeing the news on a small, circular screen, but hey, who doesn't like to start their day with a singalong?

"We're constantly working to develop concepts and initiatives that will be helpful to our customers, and we rely heavily on data to inform all such initiatives", Village GM of marketing and sales, Mohit Bhargava, said.

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