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You can now interact with BBC's new radio play using your Amazon Echo speaker

Written by  Karen Holmes Nov 07, 2017
BBC has launched its interactive radio story for Amazon Echo.

The broadcasting company, well-known for its radio plays, recently announced a new project: a comedy/science fiction play, titled The Inspection Chamber. It partnered with an audio company, Rosina Sound, on the effort. It reminds us of a choose-your-own-adventure story; as you listen via an Amazon Echo speaker (and, soon, Google Home), you'll hear options that allow you to choose what happens next.

In this play, you actively playing a part in the story, according to the BBC. With your own voice, you can direct interaction with the characters. The whole thing is inspired by computer games like The Stanley Parable and Papa Sangre, as well as authors like Franz Kafka and Douglas Adams.

Here's how BBC explained the effort:

"We’ve built a story engine which allows us to release the same story across different voice devices. We’ll be releasing for Amazon Alexa and Google Home to start off with, but we’ve got the potential to add to that roster of devices and it’ll be interesting to see if we could get it on to, for example, Microsoft & Harman/Kardon’s Invoke speaker, or Apple’s HomePod and other devices as they come along. As far as we know, there aren’t many people developing cross-platform voice experiences in this way."

Also see: Amazon Echo: See what it can do

The Inspection Chamber is now available for Amazon's Echo devices, so go to the Alexa skills store to check it out. You can also access it via BBC Taster. BBC plans to bring it to Google Home speakers and the Google Assistant in the near future, too.

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