In September, Amazon launched its Alexa Gadgets Toolkit into beta, permitting makers to construct equipment that pair with Amazon Echo over Bluetooth. In the present day, one of the crucial memorable (and fairly ridiculous) examples of that know-how goes dwell. Sure, I’m speaking in regards to the Alexa-enabled Big Mouth Billy Bass, in fact. You recognize, the speaking fish that hangs on the wall, and has now been up to date to reply to Alexa voice instructions?
Amazon first showed off this technology over a year ago at an occasion at its Seattle headquarters, then this fall confirmed the talking fish could be among the many debut merchandise to make use of its new Alexa Devices Toolkit.
The toolkit lets builders construct Alexa-connected gadgets that use issues like lights, sound chips and even motors, to be able to work with Alexa interfaces like notifications, timers, reminders, text-to-speech and wake-word detection.
The speaking fish can really do a lot of that.
In line with the corporate’s announcement, Massive Mouth Billy Bass can react to timers, notifications and alarms, and may play Amazon Music. It can also lip sync to Alexa spoken responses when requested for details about the climate, information or random details.
And it’ll sing an authentic tune, “Fishin’ Time.”
When the gadget is plugged in and turned on, it responds: “Woo-hoo, that feels good!”
(Oh my god, who’s getting me this for Christmas?)
“This isn’t your father’s Massive Mouth Billy Bass,” stated vice chairman of Product Growth at Gemmy Industries, Steven Harris, in an announcement in regards to the product’s launch. “Our new high-tech model makes use of the newest know-how from Amazon to ship a hilarious and interactive gadget that takes on a regular basis actions to a enjoyable new degree.”
The fish may be wall-mounted or displayed utilizing an included tabletop easel, the corporate says.
The popular culture gag present was first bought again in 1999, and is now updating its model for the Alexa period.
Clearly, Massive Mouth Billy Bass isn’t a product that was ever designed to be taken significantly — nevertheless it must be attention-grabbing to see if the up to date, “high-tech model” has any affect on this merchandise’s gross sales.
The thought to combine Alexa into the speaking fish really started in 2016, when an enterprising developer hacked the fish to work with Alexa, a lot to the web’s delight. His Facebook post showcasing his work attracted 1.8 million views.
The Alexa-connected fish is $39.99 on Amazon.com.
The fish isn’t the one Alexa product Gemmy has developed. It’s additionally launching a twerking Santa and Christmas Bear — additionally each $40 — that dance to the beats of Amazon Music and react to Alexa notifications, timers and alarms.
Whenever you say “Alexa,” the plushies begin dancing. These toys, too, use the Alexa Devices Toolkit, the corporate says.
(h/t Business Insider)