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Amazon unveils Alexa development kit for mobile accessories

09 January 2018, 07:47 | Justin Tyler

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Amazon's Alexa is coming to your headphones soon

To widen the reach of Alexa, Amazon introduced a new Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, created to integrate the digital assistant into a lot more devices.

Amazon announced its new Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit today, in a move to expand the voice assistant to "on-the-go" devices. It's designed specifically for manufacturers who need "a lightweight method to build on-the-go products that access Alexa by pairing via Bluetooth to the Amazon Alexa App", the blog post stated. It is expected to be integrated on various devices, including smart watches, headphones, and PCs.

Amazon Alexa is one of the most popular digital assistants now on the market and it's about to reach smartwatches, headphones, fitness trackers, and more wearables this year. They have now announced the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit to be able to bring its functionalities to your wrists and ears without OEMs having to invest so much in hardware and integration efforts.

Aside from Bose, Amazon is already working with a number of device makers, including Jabra, iHome, Beyerdynamic, Bowers and Wilkins, and AVS Solution Providers Linkplay, SUGR, and Libre Wireless.

Since Amazon mentions Bluetooth and audio capabilities, the Alexa experience on wearable devices will likely target a hands-free experience.

Once the devices are paired with the Alexa app on the smartphone, users can take the privilege of the Alexa Voice Service.

According to Amazon, Alexa users will be able to ask the smart assistant to set cook times, modes, and power levels, instead of relying on what the firm says can be a 'confusing microwave experience'. Other manufacturers like GE, Kenmore, LG, and Samsung plan to sell other products with Alexa integration. Thus, Amazon introduced a host of Alexa compatible electronics such as the Amazon Fire TV, Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat, and even the Ecobee Smart Light Switch.

And, others are focusing on the potentially risky ways the new capability could go wrong.

"What's good for developers is ultimately good for consumers", Rob Pulciani, Amazon's general manager of Alexa skills, was quoted as saying.

The company said that Alexa is now programmed to handle a range of tedious office tasks.

Another report from VoiceLabs published in January a year ago also ranked Alexa as the leading voice AI in terms of market share.

Businesses can buy Alexa devices that help employees dial into conference calls, manage their calendars, find open meeting rooms and - not surprisingly - order work supplies from Amazon.

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