Amazon Alexa Headed to Pebble Core Tracker

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Unveiled last month on Kickstarter, Pebble Core isn't even slated to begin shipping until early 2017, but the 3G-connected wearable for runners just got a new feature: Amazon Alexa integration.

Thanks to the tie-up, Core owners will be able to do things like play songs from Amazon Prime Music, get the latest news headlines, weather and traffic updates, and shop for items on Amazon using just their voice. With Alexa's assistance, Core can also give you a run-down of your health summary for the day, help you order pizzas when you need to carb up, set a timer, control your smart home devices, tell you a joke, and answer all your pressing workout or nutrition questions.

"Experiencing Amazon Alexa on-the-go right from Pebble Core is game-changing for wearable technology," Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky said in a statement. "We're longtime fans of the powerful voice services Alexa delivers, and it only gets smarter and more useful over time. It's an approach we embrace with our own products."

For the uninitiated, Alexa is the cloud-based virtual assistant behind Amazon's Echo, Echo Dot, Fire TV, and Tap devices. In its announcement Friday, Pebble said Core is the "first truly independent 3G wearable to give you the magic of Alexa on the go."

The $69 Core—Pebble's first non-smartwatch device—is built specifically for runners. The small, square-shaped device clips onto your clothes and boasts a 3G connection and a built-in headphone jack, letting you stream music from Spotify and track your run without carrying a smartphone.

As Alexa continues to evolve and gain new skills, so too will Core. To date, developers have already released more than 1,000 skills for Alexa, Amazon said Friday. For more on the new integration, check out the video below.

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