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Amazon Alexa Makes Third-Party Debut

Amazon Alexa Makes Third-Party Debut
Last year, Invoxia joined Amazon's $100 million Alexa Fund; now, the company has something to show for it.

(CCM) — On Thursday, Invoxia announced that it has added Amazon Alexa Voice Service to its family-friendly kitchen device, Triby. The connected speaker launched last year, but just added the new Alexa support, making it the first non-Amazon device to feature AVS. "Triby is a digital assistant, Internet radio, connected speaker, hands-free speakerphone, and connected message board all rolled into one!" said Invoxia in a press release. Now, with Alexa, Triby can do even more, like check the weather, set alarms, and control other smart home devices. All of Alexa's skills are available on Triby. For now, Alexa support is limited to U.S. customers, though Triby is also available (without Alexa) in France and the UK. Triby is already available for purchase for $199 at triby.io and on Amazon. Users can get a protective bumper for Triby for an additional $19 to protect the device and add a pop of color; bumpers are available in green, blue, and a coral-colored red. At the time of publication, Amazon is offering Triby, with and without bumpers, on sale for Prime users for just $169.

"As one of our first Alexa Fund companies, it's great to see Triby offer their customers Alexa integration today," said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President of Amazon Alexa, in a statement on Triby's new Alexa support. "We believe voice is the most natural way to interact with technology in your home, which is one reason we've made access to the Alexa Voice Service available to device makers and developers for free."

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