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Disney To Launch Magical Companion Voice Assistant

Will feature multiple Disney, Star Wars and Pixar character voices to assist with typical voice commands

CES 2023 has come and gone but left us with several tech innovations that are looking to go big in the next couple of years, one of which is Disney’s new voice assistant.

The behemoth entertainment conglomerate has named its voice assistant ‘Disney’s Magical Companion‘ and will feature multiple Disney, Star Wars and Pixar character voices to assist with typical voice commands like telling you the weather, setting an alarm, and even telling stories.

By saying “Hey Disney!”, the assistant will respond and ask what you’d like it to do, similar to Alexa and Hey Google. However, one of the coolest features of Disney’s voice assistant is that you never know which popular Disney character will respond to you. It could be Mater from Cars or even Dory from Finding Nemo and many others.

As reported by The Verge, Disney first announced its “Hey Disney!” voice assistant in 2021, which was built using the Alexa Custom Assistant voice AI foundation that allows third parties to create custom voice assistants that can coexist with Amazon’s Alexa assistant in Echo speakers.

For now, Disney’s voice assistant isn’t available to the public and is exclusively being used in hotel rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, which is part of a phased rollout across the company’s hotels.

And although no pricing has been announced, “Hey Disney!” will be available in your homes later this year via the Alexa Skill store and members with an Amazon Kids Plus subscription should get it for free.

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Isa Muhammad is a writer and video game journalist covering many aspects of entertainment media including the film industry. He's steadily writing his way to the sharp end of journalism and enjoys staying informed. If he's not reading, playing video games or catching up on his favourite TV series, then he's probably writing about them.

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