With Alexa’s ever-increasing popularity, new Alexa-enabled products deliver almost daily. Some are duds – some are interesting and valuable. When new and interesting products are available, we take a look at new and important Alexa add-on hardware you might want to consider adding to your Alexa device farm.
Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Echo 2, Dot, Tap, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Look, Echo Connect, Dash Wand, Amazon Cloud Cam, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, in the Music app, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.
This product of the week article is a bit early this week, but it’s a short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Have a wonderful holiday break and we hope you are able to enjoy friends and family!
This week’s hardware: Lynx – Alexa Enabled Smart Home Robot
Description: Lynx with Amazon Alexa is a voice-activated humanoid robot. With Lynx you get the best of both worlds by combining premium robotics with the ever-evolving capabilities of Amazon’s Alexa. With Lynx, you can perform multiple functions such as: All current and evolving Amazon Alexa skills (playing music, weather forecasts, reminders, and shopping to name a few). Avatar Mode where a user can view the world through Lynx’s “eyes” via the app – no matter where you are in the world. Whether you’re in the next room or across the world – you can see what Lynx sees. Lynx owners can even put their robot in Surveillance Mode via the app and get a 30 second video sent directly to their smart phone if the PIR sensor on Lynx’s chest is activated – it might just be Fido walking into the room, but you’ll still know what’s happening at home when and if you are not. Last but not least, your Lynx is a walking, talking, humanoid robot – make sure to have fun with Lynx! After your to-do list is completed, take some time out and do some yoga or practice sweet dance moves with your Lynx – she’s a great teacher.
- Utilize all of the Amazon Alexa skills via your Lynx robot.
- Select Surveillance Mode in the app and Lynx will take a 30 second video if the PIR sensor on the chest is activated. Lynx will then send the video to your smartphone to ensure you know what is happening at home.
- Make sure you don’t miss another event again by sending Lynx in your place! In Avatar mode, you can see what the robot sees and speak through the robot with app-enabled functions.
- Lynx is ever evolving and will be growing as Amazon Alexa and robotics grows. Stay tuned for more feature updates in the near future.
Real world use: Someone decided to give Alexa a face and body, but its not what I imagined Alexa would actually look like. The robot appears to pretty neat, but a little gimmicky. The cost of this gadget is pretty steep, but for those who want to thrill on Christmas day and boast about how much they spent, that’s probably the only saving grace. This is the spot where we usually say “we have one on order and will be testing soon – look for a full review,” but that’s probably not happening.
Where to get the hardware: Amazon has the robot for a whopping $800: Lynx – Alexa Enabled Smart Home Robot
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