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Amazon expands white-box Alexa device lineup with new home hub and gateway hardware

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Brandon Gaither
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Amazon’s Alexa assistant have been built into practically everything, it seems, and two new form factors have become a part of the ever-expanding club.

The Seattle company today announced that the Calix GigaSpire Max and Gemtek ViTA, two original design manufacturer (ODM) smart home hubs and gateways, will tap Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service for speech recognition and access to more than 50,000 third-party skills in over 180 countries.

They’ll join Amazon’s selection of pre-tested and qualified white-box designs, which enable companies to create branded products without having to source the parts and design the hardware themselves.

“We’ve seen how voice can change the way we interact with technology.

Users regularly use Alexa to control lights, locks, and switches in their smart homes, which depend on reliable connectivity from internet gateways and hubs,” Mariel vanTatenhove, principal of business development at Alexa Voice Service, wrote in a blog post.

“[These new] devices integrate Alexa into smart home hubs, further realizing the potential of voice in the connected home.”

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