Garmin Speak Is A GPS Device With Amazon Alexa Built in

Garmin Speak brings Amazon Alexa and GPS navigation to any vehicle

It's in your vehicle, where your hands and eyes should be pre-occupied with driving.

"You'll be amazed at what you can do hands-free, thanks to Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa, " Garmin said. Okay, but there's already a world of mounts available for Sonos speakers.

As with any always-powered device in your home with a microphone, it's worth at least being aware of the privacy implications, and Sonos has gone to great lengths to ensure this device is as private as possible.

Garmin Speak - Amazon Alexa is the voice assistant developed by the web giant and continues to show its remarkable versatility.

Garmin has announced a new smart device that'll bring the best of Alexa into buyers' cars. Garmin Speak doesn't need an internet connection or connect to a WiFi network to work. Including a couple of adhesive clips to help better hold and route the Speak's cable would have been more helpful. It measures only 1.5 inches wide and is also Bluetooth enabled, so it can connect to a car's audio system. Forgot to turn off the house lights? All while keep a driver's hands on the wheel. Still on the docket: the ability to group and ungroup rooms using voice. But it isn't contextual. So you can tell your Sonos One in your bedroom to play music in another room, i.e.: "Alexa, play Alanis in the kitchen".

Well, now Alexa is making its way into cars too. With Alexa incorporated into the Garmin Speak, one is able to simultaneously receive navigation instructions and interact with the virtual assistant.

Having tested all kinds of Global Positioning System devices over the years, I didn't think the simplicity of the Speak would allow it to be as effective a navigation tool as devices that use an on-screen map. Learn more here: "https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/591054".




One big benefit to the Sonos One is that it's not exclusively an Alexa device.

The Speak's simple OLED screen provides basic directional prompts, including a very useful distance countdown to your next turn.

That's the opposite behavior of Amazon's (and Google's) smart speakers, and those of us who have an aversion to the light pollution created by the proliferation of LEDs won't like it all. The Amazon Tap makes Alexa portable, and the forthcoming Echo Spot lets Alexa serve as your alarm clock. With the tiny device, Alexa responses and things like music and audiobooks, will stream right through the vehicle's stereo, as well as your Global Positioning System instructions.

Sonos has talked up smart speakers for more than a year, but now that it's finally releasing one, the Sonos One, the big debut feels anti-climactic.

Ford and BMW are planning on including Alexa capabilities in future cars, but devices like the Speak will be a more affordable way to add Alexa without buying a new vehicle.

Garmin has also included Garmin GPS turn-by-turn navigation, which can be activated with voice commands like "Alexa, ask Garmin to find the nearest rest stop".

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