Amazon to Let Devs Add Alexa to Headphones, Wearables, More
Amazon hopes a new set of developer tools will expand Alexa's footprint to a much wider set of devices. The Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit lets hardware makers add Alexa to their gear, such as hearables, headphones, smart watches, fitness devices, and more, without extra coding work. It supports Bluetooth audio-capable devices so people can tap into Alexa from just about anywhere. Most Alexa features are included, such as streaming media, controlling smart home devices, and interacting with more than 25,000 Alexa skills. Amazon says developers interested in this functionality can sign up for the kit, which will be made available later this year.
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