May 2, 2016
So far Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service has been limited to Amazon products like Echo. But now, thanks to the Alexa Fund, the service is available on a third party device. That device is Triby, a digital assistant, Internet radio, connected speaker, hands-free speakerphone, and connected message board all rolled into one, and now it is voice-controlled.
Triby is the first product to come out of the $100 million Alexa Fund which was set up by Amazon to help developers integrate its Alexa Voice Service in third-party devices. It’s part of Amazon’s goal to become a leader in IoT devices.
“As one of our first Alexa Fund companies, it’s great to see Triby offer their customers Alexa integration today,” said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Alexa in a statement. “We believe voice is the most natural way to interact with technology in your home, which is one reason we’ve made access to the Alexa Voice Service available to device makers and developers for free.”
Triby was developed by Invoxia, a leading developer of speakers and telecom devices. It combines music, messaging and communication functionality in one voice-activated product. Primarily designed as a kitchen assistant (although its features really allow it to be used anywhere), you can use the Alexa Voice Service integration to add groceries to your Amazon Pantry list, or have it play music from your Prime account while you’re cooking.
“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, in a statement. “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.”
The creators of Triby believe, first and foremost in the power of speech and use their technology to maximize that power. Triby contains four digital microphones, and noise and echo cancellation technologies, that create a beam to capture voices while eliminating background noise from up to 15 feet away. Along with access to Alexa services, users will also be able to use voice commands to control various aspects of Triby’s multi-functionality in the future, including making calls, which is not a feature that is available yet.
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