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Alexa Big Mouth Billy Bass Is the Zenith of Technological Achievement

A phone camera that can see in the dark? A robot vacuum that can empty itself? Those silly things from 2018 may sound innovative — until you've experienced the wonder that is a Big Mouth Billy Bass controlled by Alexa.

Credit: Gemmy Industries

(Image credit: Gemmy Industries)

Now available for pre-order for a mere $40, the new Big Mouth Billy Bass can connect directly to the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show or other Alexa-enabled device. And after that, you can speak to the fish on your wall to have it play music, control other smart home devices, answer questions and more.

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The best part? Big Mouth Billy Pass will lip sync with Alexa spoken responses, as well as with lyrics through the Amazon Music service, apparently. And, yes, the fish will dance to the beat with music.

The Amazon listing also says Billy Bass will react to timers, notifications and alarms. And, for those who are nostalgic, it will sing the original "fishing time" song from the classic 1999 version of this cultural treasure.

As reported by The Verge, a developer named Brian Kane was the first to hack a Billy Bass to connect to Alexa’s API in 2016. And now Gemmy Industries is making this dream a reality for the masses.

Mark Spoonauer

Mark Spoonauer is the global editor in chief of Tom's Guide and has covered technology for nearly 20 years. In addition to overseeing the direction of Tom's Guide, Mark specializes in covering all things mobile, having reviewed dozens of smartphones and other gadgets. He has spoken at key industry events and appears regularly on TV to discuss the latest trends. Mark was previously editor in chief of Laptop Mag, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. Follow him on Twitter at @mspoonauer.

  • tabasco.krakatoa
    We deserve the times we live in.
  • Maarsch
    Ow, I know just who will think it is the funniest thing ever to buy me for Christmas.
  • sarsa333
    If it was a unicorn, it would creep me out less.
  • Kevin-M
    This is just another scam, why does Toms Guide even post crap about this?
  • tomandersonrocks
    I've seen this Bass at Goodwill stores.
  • Peter Martin
    SpongeBob called and he wants the talking fish back