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Jul 30, 2018

9 Smart Travel Gadgets That Play Nice with Alexa

Alexa AI Assistant In Travel Gadgets (click to tweet)

The AI assistants are breaking out of smartphones and are being integrated into more devices to make them more interactive and responsive. Some of the new devices that include the smart assistance are also great for travel. And the new features in hances their usage while traveling.

Update: Amazon plans to release at least 8 new Alexa devices, including a microwave oven and in-car gadget

Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa

» Ask Alexa in your car to play music from Amazon Music, SiriusXM® and more; additional streaming services, such as Spotify®, are expected to be added as available
» Use Garmin turn-by-turn navigation by saying, “Alexa, ask Garmin … ”
» Ask Alexa to create to-do lists, play games, check your calendar, weather/traffic, and control smart home devices
» The Garmin Speak app works with your Bluetooth®-enabled smartphone relying on a suitable cellular data connection; Use your phone’s Bluetooth or an AUX cable to hear audio through your car stereo
» Built-in dash cam records your drive and provides driver assistance features such as forward collision and lane departure warnings (Garmin Speak Plus) More info on

Save $50 on Garmin Speak Plus with Amazon Alexa and Built-In Dash Camera

Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote
Amazon Fire TV Stick is a great travel companion for some additional entertainment during your trip. If you would like to catch up on some shows or movies and just chill for the night, Fire TV will let you stream your favorites with access to NetFlix, Amazon Instant Video and more.

Libratone Zipp
This Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capable speaker will get Amazon's voice assistant, enabling you to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, and more.

Jabra Elite 65t Alexa Enabled True Wireless Earbuds
These earbuds give you one-touch access to Amazon Alexa, and also Siri, and Google Now.

Muse Auto
Muse is one of the more affordable gadgets to bring Alexa into your car. It is a small circular device, about the size of a silver dollar, and contains a microphone and three buttons. Looks a bit simialr to the Echo Dot. Muse Auto connects to your car’s existing stereo system via Bluetooth, USB, or an Aux input. And it also allows you to control IOT at-home devices such as garage door, lights, locks, and thermostats.

HTC U12+
This latest smartphone comes with a good rear camera, and a unique, eye-catching design, and responds when squeezed. It also has an Alexa assistant built-in. You can activate Alexa in the same way as other AI voice assistants by simply saying "Alexa..."
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AUKEY Wi-Fi Smart Plug
Mini Smart Socket for use with Amazon Alexa. While this gadget stays home rather than traveling with you, it can be controlled from just about anywhere via your phone and the app. This way you can turn on or turn off electronics in your home at any time so you have a peace of mind when traveling. You can even set up a schedule of when the home appliances switch on and off automatically according to preset timers and countdowns.

Echo Dot, which is technically a smart home gadget, can be very helpful for travelers. Here are some of the things the Echo can help with when planning your travel:

1. Plan a Trip
Alexa can. if you’ve got a Kayak or similar flight finder skills turned on, check flights and prices. You can even ask Alexa to find a trip based on a budget. You can also track flight status using Flight Tracker and asking Alexa:
Alexa, ask Flight Tracker for flight status for Delta flight number 15

2. Receive Travel Updates
Amazon Echo can also provide travel updates and other information intuitively. You can also ask Alexa for details about an upcoming trip booked through and receive specific information regarding flight status, hotel bookings, and rental car reservations. Here’s how to use it.

3. Book Hotel
There are several hotel finders skill available via Alexa that can set you up with a reservation

4. Keep You On Time for Travel
Before leaving for the airport, you can ask Alexa if your flight is running on time and the Landing Times skill can check flight status with most major American airlines. The Airport Security skill can also help you plan for unpredictable wait times at airport security. Say “Alexa, what is the security wait time at LAX?” and the skill will check with the TSA public interface to determine the security wait times at airports all over the country.

5. Weather at Your Destination
Do you know what the weather will be like at your destination? The Echo can help with that too. While Alexa has a built-in weather function, the Big Sky skill can provide users with super local forecasts, right down to the individual street address.

6. Call Uber or Lyft
Taxi & Ride sharing -
When it comes time to leave for the airport, allow Alexa to call you an Uber. Users with Uber or Lyft accounts can enable those skills through their Amazon Echo. After setting up a payment method, requesting a ride is as easy as saying “Alexa, ask Lyft to request a ride.” The payment is then automatically debited from your account. 6. Find Things to Do The Amazon Echo can help you find fun and interesting things to do wherever you’re going. Using several guides available automatically, travelers can ask, “Alexa, ask New York Guide for the top five things to do.”

7. Get Translations
The Translator skill can be a terrific help when you’re preparing for an out-of-country trip. Alexa can help you speak in up to 50 different languages. Once enabled, simply ask Alexa to open Translator, and then ask how to say ‘hello’ in French, for instance. An audio translation will play and a textual translation will be sent to your Alexa app.

8. Currency Guides & Converters
Alexa can also assist with finding out the current prices of different currencies around the world. It is a great idea to check the ratio compared to the dollar to find out your buying power at the destination

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