Shipping of the Alexa-enhanced Pebble Core will begin in 2017.
The Pebble Core is a tiny Android-based device almost the size of a small dental floss box. It comes with GPS, 3G, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity as well as a headphone jack.
It’s sort of an odd device in a market filled with wristwatch-type wearable devices. However, the Core, which looks more like a keychain fob, has one thing going for it – it’s “infinitely hackable,” as Pebble puts it, meaning developers and users can do a lot of things with it.
“Experiencing Amazon Alexa on-the-go right from Pebble Core is game-changing for wearable technology,” said Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky. “We’re longtime fans of the powerful voice services Alexa delivers, and it only gets smarter and more useful over time.”
Now with the announcement of an Alexa tie-up, the Core’s capabilities just got a boost. Think about being able to play music via Amazon Prime Music and iHeartRadio (the digital music service is coming to Canada by way of Bell Media), getting news, Pebble Health summaries, weather and traffic updates, Amazon shopping, control smart home devices, and more – all via voice command.
“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.”
The Pebble Core sells for US$69 and up. It is currently available on Kickstarter and starts shipping in early 2017.
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