Amazon’s Alexa to be integrated in Pebble Core
Because the new Pebble Core is aimed at primarily being a fitness tracker which can also being used for listening to music and even has programmable buttons. Now if you were a little put off by the Pebble Core’s simplistic design and features, you might want to reconsider that position because in a recent announcement, Pebble has revealed that they will be integrating Amazon’s Alexa into the device. This means that the functions and capabilities of Alexa will be crammed into the tiny wearable.
Alexa is basically unfettered on the Core, which is to say it can interpret most, if not all, of the commands available on Amazon’s dedicated Echo devices. You can shuffle the songs and albums of your favorite artists from Amazon Prime Music and iHeart Radio; get a daily news briefing from The Washington Post and NPR; buy stuff from Amazon; get weather and traffic updates; control smart home appliances like lights, thermostats, and locks; and set timers and reminders. But in addition, you can perform the many tasks made possible by third-party apps — “Skills,” in Amazon’s vernacular — that crafty developers have so far created. Want delivery from Domino’s? Ask Alexa to order the usual. Need an Uber in the next few minutes? Tell Alexa to summon a nearby driver.
Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky didn’t dive into the technical details, but made sure to point out that the Core is the first stand-alone wearable to tap into Alexa’s powerful linguistic capabilities. That’s made possible, he said, by the Core’s connectivity: It packs a 3G SIM slot that provides the data connection Alexa needs to function independent of a paired smartphone.
“Experiencing Amazon Alexa on-the-go right from Pebble Core is game-changing for wearable technology,” Migicovsky said in press release. “We’re longtime 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.”
Pebble has already raised almost $10 Million from their Kickstarter campaign already, and the addition of Alexa to the Core has really made everyone raise their eyebrows.