The Alexa-enabled Big Mouth Billy Bass is real and now for sale

In September, Amazon launched its Alexa Gadgets Toolkit into beta, permitting {hardware} makers to construct equipment that pair with Amazon Echo over Bluetooth. Right this moment, one of the vital memorable (and fairly ridiculous) examples of that expertise goes dwell. Sure, I’m speaking in regards to the Alexa-enabled Big Mouth Billy Bass, after all. You recognize, the speaking fish that hangs on the wall, and has now been up to date to answer Alexa voice instructions?

Amazon first showed off this technology over a year ago at an occasion at its Seattle headquarters, then this fall confirmed the talking fish could be among the many debut merchandise to make use of its new Alexa Devices Toolkit.

The toolkit lets builders construct Alexa-connected gadgets that use issues like lights, sound chips and even motors, with the intention to work with Alexa interfaces like notifications, timers, reminders, text-to-speech, and wake phrase detection.

The speaking fish can truly do a lot of that.

Based on the corporate’s announcement, Massive Mouth Billy Bass can react to timers, notifications, and alarms, and might play Amazon Music. It could possibly additionally lip sync to Alexa spoken responses when requested for details about the climate, information, or random details.

And it’ll sing an authentic tune, “Fishin’ Time.”

When the gadget is plugged in and turned on, it responds: “Woo-hoo, that feels good!”

(Oh my god, who’s getting this for me for Christmas?)

“This isn’t your father’s Massive Mouth Billy Bass,” mentioned Vice President of Product Improvement at Gemmy Industries, Steven Harris, in a press release in regards to the product’s launch. “Our new high-tech model makes use of the newest expertise from Amazon to ship a hilarious and interactive gadget that takes on a regular basis actions to a enjoyable new degree.”

The fish might be wall-mounted on displayed utilizing an included tabletop easel, the corporate additionally says.

The popular culture gag reward was first bought again in 1999, and is now updating is model for the Alexa period.

Clearly, Massive Mouth Billy Bass is just not a product that was ever designed to be taken severely – however it needs to be attention-grabbing to see if the up to date, “high-tech model” has any impression on this merchandise’s gross sales.

The thought to combine Alexa into the speaking fish truly started in 2016, when an enterprising developer hacked the fish to work with Alexa a lot to the web’s delight. His Facebook post showcasing his work attracted 1.8 million views.

The Alexa-connected fish is $39.99 on

(h/t Business Insider)


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