Sligo restau­rant in­stalls cut­ting edge tech­nol­ogy

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

A Sligo restau­rant has in­stalled one of the world’s lead­ing pieces of mu­sic tech­nol­ogy – one of the first in the coun­try to do so.

Although the Ama­zon Echo, a hands­free speaker you con­trol with your voice, is not yet avail­able to buy in Ire­land, it has been in­stalled in all the pri­vate func­tion rooms at The Em­bassy Steakhouse in the cen­tre of town.

Op­er­ated by Alexa, Ama­zon’s vir­tual per­sonal as­sis­tant who ‘ lives’ in­side the Echo smart speaker, the de­vice has been likened to a mod­ern- day juke­box.

The pri­vate rooms in the Em­bassy Steakhouse can hold up to 36 peo­ple and guests now have their own per­sonal DJ, with­out the ex­tra costs in­volved.

The de­vice al­lows party- go­ers to shout out their favourite tunes with­out hav­ing the leave the dance floor. Or din­ers can en­joy a meal with friends tak­ing turns to call out songs to suit the mood with­out mov­ing from their seats.

The same voice recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy is used by many world- fa­mous busi­nesses like BMW and Wynn Ho­tels Las Ve­gas. Last De­cem­ber, the Wynn ho­tel re­ceived much pub­lic­ity for its de­ci­sion to in­stall the Echo speak­ers in all 4,700 rooms at its Las Ve­gas premises.

The Em­bassy Steakhouse, lo­cated on John F Kennedy Pa­rade, is owned by the Quinn fam­ily, which runs a num­ber of other busi­nesses in the town.

“We are al­ways look­ing at ways that we can make all our busi­nesses – whether it is the restau­rant, our night­club, pubs or our hen and stag party pack­age com­pany – bet­ter for our cus­tomers. We think we are the first restau­rant in Ire­land to in­stall the Echo,” says Fer­gal Quinn.

“While the Echo is not yet avail­able to buy in Ire­land, we thought it would be a great ad­di­tion to our pri­vate func­tion rooms. The new tech­nol­ogy con­nects to the Alexa Voice Ser­vice, to­gether with sur­round sound speak­ers. It is par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar with the par­ties we bring into the pri­vate din­ing rooms from our sis­ter com­pany He­nandS­tagligo. ie”

Ama­zon Echo has seven mi­cro­phones and beam­form­ing tech­nol­ogy so it can hear you from across the room— even while mu­sic is play­ing. The ex­pertly tuned speaker can fill any room with 360° im­mer­sive sound. And it’s sim­ple to use, just say the word “Alexa” and Echo re­sponds in­stantly.

Brothers Kevin and Fer­gal Quinn of the Em­bassy Steakhouse Restau­rant in Sligo town which has in­stalled the Ama­zon Echo. Pic: Sarah Townsend.

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