The first hardware device that works with Amazon's cloud-based virtual assistant "Alexa" became available Thursday. The Triby smart speaker — made by French start-up Invoxia — is a magnetic portable voice-enabled speaker designed for the kitchen that does everything Amazon's Echo speaker does, and more.
Thanks to Alexa, the Echo can play music, read the news, give the weather forecast, order a pizza or an Uber and talk to Fitbit set timers and alarms, among other things.
The Triby speaker can also be connected to a smartphone for calls and messaging — it has a small display — and has sensors for measuring temperature and humidity. Invoxia plans to introduce new features to take advantage of those sensors in the future. It is those additional features, as well as the company's high-quality speaker, that the makers hope will entice users to spend $199 for the the product, $20 more than the Echo smart speaker.