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Northeastern students get some help from Alexa through pilot program

Updated: Feb 25, 2019

BOSTON (WHDH) – Some students at Northeastern University will be getting some special help from Alexa when they return to school in September.

The device will be letting them know about everything from who their academic adviser is, to when they have to go to class.

The co-founders of voice technology company, “n-Powered,” may be a little old to attend classes, but they spent nearly a year getting feedback from NU students about what kind of questions Alexa could help them with. About 60 students received an Amazon Echo Dot and participated in the “Husky Helper” pilot program during the 2016-2017 school year.

Students taking part in the program connect through their school ID and then select what information they’re comfortable sharing. From there, Alexa is capable of answering an array of questions — from providing class schedules to finding their way to their student advisers.

The company’s CEO said they are interested in bringing the technology to other schools and have plans in the works to do so.

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