“Billy Bass, play Despacito.”
Earlier this year, Thrifter reported on Amazon’s upcoming expansion of Alexa functionality with its Gadgets Toolkit release, and some hilarity-inducing products using these new features are now available to pre-order via Amazon.
Releasing early December, the star of this latest lineup of devices might look a bit familiar to you. Big Mouth Billy Bass has been a beloved singing prop that’s graced the walls of hallways and bathrooms since the late 1990s, featuring classic songs like “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” and “Take Me To The River”, and this latest edition offers support for Alexa.
When you pressed the button under the old Billy Bass, he’d launch into song and lipsync along with the words. But with Alexa functionality, things have changed a bit. Once you’ve wirelessly connected Big Mouth Billy Bass to an existing Echo device in your home, such as the Echo Dot, it comes to life like never before. It can respond to Alexa voice commands and lipsyncs its answer too, so if you want to know the weather tomorrow, or the news, or a random fact, Billy Bass will turn towards you, open its mouth, and start talking. Pretty weird, right?
The Billy Bass basically takes the place of your Echo speaker it’s paired with, so you can receive any timers, notifications or alarms set up through Alexa via the Billy Bass. You can even play Amazon Music Unlimited tracks straight out of Billy Bass’ mouth by asking Alexa (or the Bass) to play the song or playlist you’re wanting to hear; he’ll dance along to the beat while it plays. You can use other Alexa Skills with it too, such as the Xbox Skill enabling commands such as “Alexa, turn on Xbox”.
Big Mouth Billy Bass will be made available for purchase on December 1 for $39.99 at Amazon, though you can get your pre-order in right now. If you’re curious about the other recently unveiled devices which are compatible with Alexa, you can find them for pre-order now too: Twerking Christmas Bear, Twerking Bear, and Twerking Santa. They’re sure to be a hit at any holiday party this year.
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