Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is making its way into all sorts of products and now you can put it on an Apple Watch. Developer Damian Mehers just released Voice in a Can, which is an Apple Watch app that lets you talk to Alexa from your wrist. Once the app is installed it’s a standalone app so it does not need the watch to be teathered to a phone to access Alexa. To use the app you tap a button for Alexa to begin listening and then tap again to send off your request, as demonstrated in this video.
The app has the usual limitations that you’ll find in all 3rd-party Alexa implementations, so you can’t use it for things like playing music, making calls, dropping-in to an Echo device, or making announcements. It can do most of the other things that Alexa can do, including controlling your smart home devices, which is probably its most useful capability.
The app can be set as an Apple Watch complication so that you can easily access Alexa from the watch face. The developer suggests increasing the timeout settings on the Apple Watch because the app cannot communicate with Alexa if the watch screen turns off, which can happen while you’re waiting for Alexa to respond.
Voice in a Can is available in the Apple App Store for $1.99.