By now I shouldn’t have to convince you on the mighty powers of the Amazon Echo, or Alexa, as she’s better known. But just understand without her, I wouldn’t be able to order Domino’s, tune my guitar and learn facts about eggs (a real thing) using only my voice. And all of this for $100! It’s like I’m robbing Jeff Bezos blind.
My love and use for Alexa has heretofore been confined to my home, sadly. I’ve never been able to drive and ask the smart speaker how egg yolks get their color (it’s based on the diet of the hen) because I thought the technology didn’t exist, but now Alexa is coming along for the ride. Amazon and Garmin, the OG in the GPS space, have teamed up for the Garmin Speak, an achievement in navigation that really should’ve already existed by now.
Garmin took a simple, tiny device that you can mount to your windshield or dashboard and outfitted it with Alexa’s technology. Once you set it up and connect your phone to Bluetooth, just install the Garmin Alexa skill and your virtual assistant will be ready to accompany you on any joy ride or cross-country road trip.
The gadget’s obvious selling point is its ability to tell you where to go (just say, “Alexa, ask Garmin to get visual and spoken turn-by-turn directions”). Don’t sleep on the other possibilities, though: Alexa can also fire up your best road trip playlists, give you up-to-the-minute traffic and weather updates, manage your smart-home devices and even tell you jokes while you drive.
This last bit is crucial because thanks to all the yuks, your 11-hour trip home to your parents’ place for Thanksgiving won’t make you want to die anymore. Just remember to keep your eyes on the road while Alexa delivers punchline after punchline (“What do you call a fake noodle? An impasta!). Otherwise, you might actually die. Get your Garmin Speak now for $150.