Invoxia Triby Offers Access to Amazon's Alexa Assistant

Invoxia Triby Offers Access to Amazon's Alexa Assistant

When Amazon released the Echo, with its Alexa assistant, that may have marked the introduction of always-on artificial intelligence to the home. And when Amazon added the more affordable Echo Dot and the Tap, it made AI even more attainable to the masses. But the Amazon-branded products are somewhat limited.

Now, there's an official third-party device with Alexa support. Invoxia announced the Triby, a $199 rounded square device that matches the Echo functionality and then some. The device looks like a portable radio, complete with a handle, although it can also be mounted on a wall. The Triby is available in several attractive colors as well. The Triby offers features the Amazon Echo doesn't, including a visual display for displaying messages and news. You can send drawings and doodles from a smartphone to the display. No more post-it notes! 

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You can also leverage the Triby to make hands-free voice calls, via your smartphone or using VoIP, a strength of Invoxia. The Triby has a magnetic back so it can stick to a refrigerator, and the battery lasts for two weeks, and charges using microUSB.

I've reviewed other products from Invoxia before and found its design and build quality to be top notch. I hope to get a sample unit of the Triby as well, and plan to review it soon.

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