These manufacturers have debuted brand new PC models that are created to work with Alexa at this week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Instead of adding a bulk of code to enable integration, Amazon claims that the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit enables OEMs to connect their Bluetooth audio-capable devices directly to the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) via the Amazon Alexa app on end users' mobile devices.
But where motorists typically have to learn fairly rigid voice commands to operate the onboard enTune system, Alexa can understand and respond to much more natural speech, while also offering a much wider array of services and functions.
What does this mean for the Microsoft Cortana digital assistant that's already working on Windows 10 machines? Third-party smart speakers, aside from the Amazon Echo lineup, such as and and also included Alexa integration. For example, if a Toyota customer has a thermostat in their home that can be controlled with Alexa, they will still be able to control it with their voice in the vehicle.
At CES 2018, wearable display company Vuzix unveiled its latest pair of augmented reality glasses, the Vuzix Blade, which can communicate with Amazon's Alexa assistant.
For example, you can already use a skill from Crestron that lets you run and record your meetings using Alexa and similar business uses are already evolving.
Other devices seemed to extend the definition of smart home to new corners.
The competition to build software people can manage with their voice is one of the hottest topics in consumer technology, drawing, in addition to Amazon and Google, the attention of giants like Apple, Microsoft and Samsung. A Kohler-branded mirror, the Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror, has embedded microphones and speakers, bringing Alexa to the space above the bathroom sink. All of Alexa's skill will be available in the auto.
Working together, Alexa and Cortana would make a very powerful team.
Those include the top vendors like Acer, Asus, HP and Lenovo, all of whom are now prepping up to integrate the Alexa voice assistant on their upcoming notebooks and desktops.