Len Klie

Can Alexa Wake ME Up?

I have a hard enough time sleeping–and getting up, but Amazon’s Alexa might be able to help.

iHome, a provider of speakers, portable devices, and smart home control solutions, has introduced the iAVS16, a bedside music system that integrates Amazon’s voice-enabled assistant, Alexa, into the traditional alarm clock.

iHome is the first major brand to launch a voice-activated bedside alarm clock music system that combines the Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS) with an information-rich LCD display. Then, once I’m up, I can ask Alexa to turn on the lights, check the weather forecast and traffic, ask for a flash news briefing, play music, and more.

iHome AVS16 combines the benefits of voice-activated Alexa with an information-rich LCD display and an alarm clock form factor. (PRNewsfoto/iHome)

 

The iAVS16 supports many popular streaming music services, such as Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Spotify, and includes programmable presets for one-touch playback of any playlist, or can be used for smart home control. By enabling the iHome Control skill for Alexa, the iAVS16 offers seamless voice control of iHome’s SmartPlug products.

Other features include an informative LCD display with time, alarm, and weather, Bluetooth for music streaming and hands-free calling, and USB charging.

“iHome takes great pride in being an early adopter of cutting-edge technologies. This year, iHome has focused on growing its Alexa smart home offerings and integrating artificial intelligence technologies into products across all categories, including tabletop and bedside music systems, portable speakers, headphones, and smart plugs,” said Gary Schultz, director of product and business development at iHome, in a statement. “We’re especially proud of the iAVS16 because it’s unlike anything else out there and uniquely pays tribute to the product line that made iHome a household name. By combining iHome’s expertise in creating feature-rich bedside music systems with Alexa, we’ve created a truly unique product that elegantly wraps an alarm clock, a powerful music system, USB charging, and easy-to-use Alexa voice control into an attractive and compact form factor that fits perfectly on a nightstand, kitchen counter, and more.”

“iHome is known for its bedside alarm clocks, and now customers just ask Alexa to set alarms and more using only their voice,” said Jon Kirk, director of Amazon Alexa, in a statement. “With Alexa on the iAVS16, customers can just ask to play music, hear an audiobook, create a list, and more – or even say, ‘Alexa, snooze!'”

The iHome device works with a broad range of Alexa-supported smart home skills, including iHome Control Smart Plugs.

The iAVS16 will retail for $149.99. For a better morning, it just might be worth the investment.