When Amazon gave developers access to Alexa through the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), they also released their voice assistant from the confines of the Amazon Echo with the Alexa Voice Service (AVS). Up until now, the former has received the most attention, with the release of over 100 Alexa Skills, but now the first manufacturer to use the latter to fully integrate Alexa into their device has arrived. Invoxia, makers of the Triby connected speaker for the kitchen, have announced that they’ll be the first third party manufacturer to integrate Alexa into their device. Triby is similar to the Amazon Echo in many ways, but also includes features focused on being the communication hub for your family with digital messaging capabilities, through its screen, and the ability to make internet calls to family members. Ford has also announced Alexa integration into their car’s infotainment systems, but Triby is positioned to be the first to bring Alexa integration to consumers. An update bringing Alexa to the device is expected to be released this Spring. From the Fire TV, to speakers like Triby, to cars, you can probably expect to hear about a lot more devices in 2016 integrating Alexa voice capabilities.
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