Alexa Powered Smart Lamps Are Coming

There’s no shortage of Alexa gadgets to choose from, but Amazon wants to make sure you’ve got access to as many options as possible, including lamps! On March 28, the online shopping giant announced three new white-box reference devices that’ll make it as easy as possible for more companies to kick out their own Alexa speakers and lamps.

It looks like Amazon is actively trying to change this up by unveiling a new reference design from Adition for a lamp and speaker hybrid that you can use to talk to Alexa.

You won’t see this on sale anytime soon, the idea is to prove it works but you might see something very similar. The whole point is that Amazon wants to encourage manufacturers to use its Alexa Voice Services to add its voice assistant into other form factors. So if you don’t want a standalone smart speaker in every room, you could go for something like this in a room or two.

Smart speakers that use Alexa are a dime-a-dozen, but smart lamps are still a rarity. ‘Adition’ created the Amazon’s reference lamp, and it’s described as —

A smart home solution that gives soft, warm light with dimming support. It doubles as an Alexa-enabled smart speaker with a 2-mic solution, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, and support for multiple music services.

It looks a lot like an Echo Plus that had its plastic body swapped out for a lamp, and I personally think the design is solid. The Alexa lamps that actually come to market won’t look identical to what Adition’s designed, but they’ll likely have the same general shape and features.

 

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