Amazon's Echo speaker powered by the Alexa software has been a hit with consumers, and it only gets better as time goes on and more functions are added to the list of things that Alexa is capable of. Although there are a few different products out there that are using Alexa to drive their functionality, they have up til now been Amazon-only products like the Echo, Echo Dot, and Tap Portable speakers, as well as the Fire TV. This was bound to change sooner or later though as Amazon opened up developer support for the Alexa Voice Service earlier this year. The first third-party device that is powered by the Alexa software has now hit the market and is a family-oriented smart speaker called the Triby which is now available on Amazon.
The Triby aims to help families stay connected while also offering plenty of features that make it a fun and engaging device to have around the home. Thanks to Alexa it can link up with Spotify Connect and consumers can use their voice to ask the speaker to play songs from their playlist, but it also plays music from iHeart, TuneIn and Prime Music. It also acts as family whiteboard where people can leave messages and notes for each other. Users can create notes and doodles on their smartphone and then send them to the Triby, and when received they'll show up on the always-on display. It's also capable of hands-free VoIP calls that won't cost a penny, meaning that a landline phone is no longer needed if families want an easier way to place voice calls from the home.
While functionality is very much an important factor of this device which is now enhanced thanks to the inclusion of Alexa software, form can be important as well. Triby has a magnetized back so it can easily be stuck to the fridge where it can be seen in plain view and accessed by anyone with ease. It's also easily portable with the handle on top so it can be carried around the home effortlessly, and there are easy access buttons that sit on the front for quick interaction to functions like calling, messaging and more. The design is also kid-friendly with a rubberized outer material, and it's splashproof and dirt proof to make it a little more durable. You can pick up the Triby on Amazon now for $30 off the normal cost, sitting at just $169.00, and it comes in four different colors including blue, red, grey, and green.