Pebble Core Gets Amazon Alexa Voice-Based Virtual Assistant Support

Pebble Core Gets Amazon Alexa Voice-Based Virtual Assistant Support
Highlights
  • The Pebble Core is a small, Internet connected wearable.
  • It will support Amazon's assistant Alexa.
  • With Alexa, the Core can answer questions, or control smart devices.

The tiny Pebble Core wearable, which could be an enabler for all kinds of IoT applications just announced support for Amazon's voice-based virtual assistant platform, Alexa. Pebble Core backers on Kickstarter will be the first to gain access to the feature when the device ships in January, according to a blog post by Pebble.

"Experiencing Amazon Alexa on-the-go right from Pebble Core is game-changing for wearable technology," said Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky. "We're long-time fans of the powerful voice services Alexa delivers, and it only gets smarter and more useful over time. It's an approach we embrace with our own products."

The tiny wearable comes with a microphone, and with Alexa, you can use your voice to control a number of functions through the Pebble Core. For example, with Alexa, the Pebble Core can play songs, read the news, place e-commerce orders, or answer your questions.

Here's a list of all the things that the Pebble Core can do with Alexa:

  • Play songs, artists, and playlists from Amazon Prime Music, iHeartRadio, and more.
  • Brief you with news headlines from USA Today, The Washington Post, or The Huffington Post.
  • Review your Pebble Health summary for the day, like heart rate, step count, and calories burned.
  • Order pizzas for the gang on game day.
  • Shop for gifts and necessities on Amazon.
  • Get weather and traffic updates.
  • Set a timer for a set of side planks.
  • Control smart home devices like lights, thermostats, locks, and more.
  • Tell you a joke.
  • Answer almost any question you can think of--from the nutritional information of certain foods to movie facts on IMDB.

"The integration of Amazon Alexa into Pebble Core is exciting to see," said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Alexa. "By making Alexa Voice Services available for free to device makers and developers, we knew there would be no limit to the innovative uses."

In a conversation with Gadgets 360, Pebble Founder and CEO Eric Migicovsky had said that he sees the device as eminently "hackable" and predicted that the device could be used to add connectivity and intelligence across a wide variety of devices - with Alexa support, the Pebble Core also gets support for voice control, which could in theory be applied to the devices it connects to.

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