Amazon Brings Alexa To Wearables In Time For CES 2018

Posted: Jan 6 2018, 12:50am CST | by , in News | CES

 
Amazon Brings Alexa to Wearables in Time for CES 2018

The Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit enables 3rd parties to integrate into wearable gadgets.

Amazon announced to bring the Alexa voice assistant service to wearable devices such as hearables, headphones, smart watches, fitness devices, and more. The Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit enables third parties to integrate Alexa into their wearable products.

The kit enables OEMs to add Alexa to their devices with minimum investment in hardware or integration efforts.

With the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, OEM development teams no longer need to perform the bulk of the coding for their Alexa integration. Bluetooth audio-capable devices built with this new kit can connect directly to the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) via the Amazon Alexa App (for Android and iOS) on the customer’s mobile device. Customers who connect their devices with the Amazon Alexa App can take advantage of all the great features available through AVS, including streaming media, smart home capabilities, thousands of Alexa skills, calendar management, weather updates, and more.

Device makers who want to enable their Bluetooth audio-capable device to connect to Alexa for a hands-free voice experience will be able to leverage this new developer toolset later this year. You can sign up to be notified when it’s made available.

Last year, Amazon introduced the AVS Device SDK, enabling OEMs to integrate Alexa directly into their connected products. The new Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit is an alternative solution for device makers who need a lightweight method to build on-the-go products that access Alexa by pairing via Bluetooth to the Amazon Alexa App.

Several device makers have already begun developing Alexa Mobile Accessories to enable a hands-free Alexa experience on their products. OEMs such as Bose, Jabra, iHome, Beyerdynamic, Bowers and Wilkins, and AVS Solution Providers Linkplay, SUGR, and Libre Wireless are committed to bringing an enhanced Alexa-on-the-go experience to their Bluetooth audio-capable products this year.

The Amazon Alexa team will host panel and workshop sessions, as well as smart home and offline activations just outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the CES 2018. Several companies already announced new Alexa enabled devices for CES 2018 and many more a expected to come.

The Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit will for sure be a topic of discussion at the Wearable Technologies Conference 2018 EUROPE. The established wearable conference is taking place on January 30-31, 2018 for the 12th consecutive year in line with the large ISPO trade show in Munich, Germany. Tickets for the Wearable Technologies Conference 2018 are available with a discount for I4U News readers with code WTEU18_i4u. The code saves 20% off the regular Wearable Technologies Conference 2018 ticket prices available here.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
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