Following Amazon's set up of a $100 million fund to help developers integrate its Alexa Voice Service (AVS) in third-party devices, the first device to make use of this digital assistant hits the market today.
Called Triby, it aims to be the hub for all things digital. It's a digital assistant, an internet radio, a connected speaker, a hands-free speakerphone, and connected message board all rolled into one. And thanks to the power and flexibility offered by Alexa, users have hands-free voice control to access information from Wikipedia and the web, weather, timers and alarms, news, shopping/to-do lists, sports updates and scores, smart home features, calendar entries, IFTTT, and much more.
And because Triby uses four digital microphones, along with noise and echo cancellation technologies, it is able to detect and capture voices from up to 15 feet away.
"As a company with a specialty in creating speakers and telecoms devices, we are excited by the world of possibilities consumer products like Triby offer families to improve their lives," said Sébastien de la Bastie, Managing Director of Invoxia, the company behind Triby.
"Our expertise in far field voice capture and connected devices helped us integrate the Alexa Voice Service quickly, and now the already multi-functional Triby becomes even more versatile and intelligent, giving people access to continually evolving cloud-based content and services."
Available from April 28, 2016, Triby is priced at $199