It's not all about the Echo anymore. Amazon's voice assistant Alexa lives in everything these days, from headphones to computers to kitchen appliances. Here are the most exciting Alexa devices coming out this year that we saw at CES 2019.
At the end of January, look out for the $220 Lyra Voice. This combination smart speaker and router is covered in Echo-esque mesh fabric and its two 8-watt speakers can easily fill a room. You can also easily pair it with other Asus Lyra devices to avoid dead zones.
Ever feel like checking your email, but you're too busy playing the piano? Roland has just the solution. The Go:Piano keyboard has Alexa built in so you can ask for the weather, send a text or order a pizza while your hands are busy playing. (You can also use Alexa to tweak the volume or adjust other settings.) Expect the Go:Piano this fall, with pricing to be announced. (Roland keyboards generally range from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand.)
Temi, from RoboTemi, is a 3-foot-tall robot that uses facial recognition and 3D mapping to follow you around your house. It sports a 10.1-inch LCD touch screen, and with Alexa built in, it's essentially an Echo Show on wheels. Call upon your voice assistant wherever you are — and even video chat on the go.
Get ready to pee like you've never peed before with Kohler's new smart toilet. The ultramodern Numi 2.0 cleans itself, raises and lowers your seat and creates an "immersive" experience with colors and ambient noise — and it has Alexa built in. Look out for the Numi later this year; you'll be able to get it in black for $7,000 and in white for $8,000.
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iHome has debuted a new way for speakers to experience voice assistants. Alexa comes out of this portable Bluetooth speaker, but it's not built into the speaker in the same way that the voice assistant is built into the Echo. Instead, you stream Alexa to the speaker through your phone. The iBT15B is also set up as a push-to-talk device rather than one that's always listening (such as the Amazon Tap); you press a button on the speaker to activate it. It's a way to get portable Alexa at a lower price. The iBT158 will be out this winter for around $80.
iOttie has announced a smartphone mount with Alexa built in. It's an easy way to keep your phone mounted to your dashboard, and you can ask for directions, make calls, send texts or even play games without taking your eyes off the road. Expect them later this year, with pricing yet to be announced.
Lenovo has a new lineup of 10-inch Android tablets called Smart Tabs that have Alexa built in. Plug one of these bad boys into an accompanying Lenovo Smart Dock, and it becomes a hands-free, Echo Show-esque smart display that can list song lyrics, display recipes and more. The Smart Tab M10 is $199.99, and the more expensive Smart Tab P10 is $299.99.