Over the past year, as competition has heated up notably between Amazon and Google for the smart speaker market, we have seen a significant expansion in the capabilities of AI-infused home assistant devices. Both Google and Amazon have worked to build features to help users put together their own scripts and third-party developers have been working on their own apps dedicated for these devices. The latest to join the craze is Nintendo’s The Pokémon Company which says it is preparing a new app called Pikachu Talk.
According to The Pokémon Company the new app will give users the ability to hold a conversation with Pikachu using their Alexa powered device, Google Home or Google Home Mini. This could prove interesting since the character’s vocabulary is limited sounds made using components of the Pikachu name, like “pika” or “pika pika.” To mix things up, the speech can have different inflection, speeds, and other qualities to help add meaning like excitement or sadness.
The Pokémon Company says the new Pikachu Talk app will be available in the Japanese market before the end of the year. Additional global markets will get access to Pikachu Talk in 2018. The company also says the app will be free.