Len Klie

Amazon Alexa Enters the Robotics Realm

As further proof of the ubiquity of Amazon’s Alexa Voice Services, UBTECH Robotics this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas unveiled Lynx, a robot that features the Alexa cloud-based voice interface.

Lynx combines UBTECH’s proprietary robotics with the automatic speech recognition, natural language understanding, and search capability of Amazon Alexa.

With this, people lucky enough to own a Lynx will be able to do many cool things, all with simple voice commands. Features of Lynx include the following:

  • Facial, Presence, and Voice Interaction–Lynx can be programmed to trigger events, such as greetings or music, based on who is standing in front of it.
  • Music Mode– Play Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more with simple voice commands.
  • Task Management– From calendar reminders and email to scheduling appointments and dinner reservations.
  • Interaction Mode– Program Lynx to sing and dance on your birthday, among other interactions.
  • Day Planning– Lynx will take reminders for the day and set them up as shared calendar events.
  • Video Access– Access Lynx’s video on the go to check on home and pets and join family events.
  • Audio & Video Interaction and Robotic Action– Place video calls over Wi-Fi.
  • Email & Notes Dictation and Reading
  • Lynx Follow Me– Take pictures, video or live stream while Lynx is with you.
  • Shop Away– Use Lynx to search for and purchase items.

“Lynx combines unprecedented intelligence and robotics into one consumer-friendly platform,” said John Rhee, general manager of North America at UBTECH, in a statement. “Integrating with Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service is a perfect match for Lynx’s unparalleled facial, image, and voice recognition, emotion detection, and lifelike robotic movement, seamlessly woven together for a truly humanlike experience.”

“We’re excited to be working with UBTECH to bring the Lynx robot to life with Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service,” said Aaron Brown, director of Amazon Alexa, in a statement. “Using Lynx, customers will be able to ask Alexa to help with a host of daily tasks to make their day a bit easier, whether it’s setting reminders, playing music, or finding out what the weather will look like tomorrow.”

Lynx will be available for purchase in the spring. Save one for me.