Pebble is experimenting with adding Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant to its devices, confirmed sources with information on the matter. The smartwatch company just today announced new versions of their devices: the Pebble 2, Pebble Time 2 and Pebble Core. Now the Kickstarter-founded startup is working on adding in the virtual assistant part of Amazon’s Echo line of products.
Noting Amazon’s Alexa can now be added to any third-party device, sources inside Pebble have suggested the Echo assistant could serve as Pebble’s voice companion. According to Pebble’s CEO Eric Migicovsky, “we are actively looking into building in a voice interface.”
The company suggests we could see Alexa added, via Amazon’s Alexa Voice Services API, to a device like the Pebble Core. Tapping the main button would call Alexa to the forefront, allowing users to choose Spotify songs or carry out other tasks. The inclusion of Alexa could also offer similar functionality we’ve seen in the Amazon Echo, like dictating weather conditions or summoning an Uber.
The Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 are the company’s latest renditions on their popular smartwatch line. While the hacker-friendly Pebble Core is an obvious candidate for a virtual assistant, we could also see Alexa make its way to the new wearable devices. Both watches are equipped with microphones for voice replies. With a software update the onboard mic could be used for search queries and commands with the help of Alexa.
Pebble hasn’t confirmed exactly when we’ll see Amazon’s Alexa assistant hit the Pebble Core or Pebble line of watches. Fans in the meantime can keep distracted with the company’s new line of products.