Technology Alexa will come to headphones and smartwatches this year

18:51  05 january  2018
18:51  05 january  2018 Source:   The Verge

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Alexa will come to headphones and smartwatches this year . With Amazon’s help. By Jacob Kastrenakes Jan 5, 2018, 10:40am EST. Amazon wants to see Alexa inside the next generation of smart watches and headphones .

one called the “ Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit,” that would allow Alexa to work Bluetooth products in the wearable space, like headphones , smartwatches The addition of the Mobile Accessory Kit follows on last year ’s launch of the AVS Device SDK, which allowed device makers to integrate Alexa in their

a cup of coffee© Provided by The Verge Amazon wants to see Alexa inside the next generation of smart watches and headphones. To make that happen, the company announced plans this morning (January 5) for a “mobile accessory” development kit, which is supposed to make it easy for hardware companies to build Alexa into their wearable products. Amazon says it will allow them to “add Alexa to their devices with minimum investment in hardware or integration efforts.”

This won’t mark the first time Alexa has made it to headphones or watches — companies have tried this in the past — but it’s been rare. The promise here is that products using the toolkit should theoretically work better, too, since Amazon is handling the bulk of the integration.

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To use Alexa on something like a smartwatch or pair of headphones , Bluetooth will come into play, along with Alexa Voice Service through the Amazon Alexa app that you’ll find Companies like Bose, Jabra, iHome, and Beyerdynamic will have products available later this year with Alexa on board.

Amazon Alexa will soon be available in headphones , smartwatches and other wearables. Amazon said Bose, Jabra, iHome, Beyerdynamic and Linkplay plan to bring Alexa to products this year .

Getting into headphones before other assistants take over

Amazon is specifically making this toolkit for lightweight gadgets that don’t have a lot of processing power. In fact, it’s designed for gadgets that are always connected to a phone: this toolkit works by sending voice requests back to the Alexa app on iOS or Android, which then processes the request. From a user’s standpoint, that should be mostly invisible if it works correctly and the connection holds up. But from a device standpoint, it means a lot less work; manufacturers basically just need to record and transfer some audio, which their gadgets can do already.

The toolset isn’t supposed to come out until “later this year,” but Amazon says it already has a bunch of partners working with it. That includes Bose, Beyerdynamic, Jabra, and iHome, so you can probably expect to see Alexa-integrated headphones within the year.

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Amazon has made it easier for companies to add its Alexa voice-activated assistant to wearable devices such as smartwatches , fitness trackers and headphones . The kit will be available later this year , and you can sign up for notifications when Amazon has released it.

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It’s important that Amazon start to get these products out, too. Apple’s AirPods offer a direct connection to Siri, and Google has been starting to let companies build its Assistant directly into headphones as well. (Bose already launched a pair that supports it.) Amazon has been trying to get Alexa everywhere, and to be in those places early, so it makes sense that it’s jumping over to headphones and wearables.

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Before the start of CES 2018, the only real smart speakers with a display were the Amazon Echo Show and the Echo Spot. But now that Google has partnered with several manufacturers to make a whole line of Echo Show rivals, a bona fide new device category has been born: the smart display. The simple reason for this argument is that the display makes such devices much more useful. Sure, you could have Alexa or Google Assistant tell you there's a Starbucks 1.5 miles away from you. But wouldn't it be nice to actually see where it is on a map? Or if you wanted to know the time, you could just, you know, look at the screen.

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