Alexa talks to you through a disembodied robot head at CES 2019

CNET | 1/10/2019 | Claire Reilly
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Nothing like listening to Alexa speak to you through the mouth of a purple-eyed robot head!

At CES 2019, there were a lot of robots waiting to chat to you, but Alena was probably the most haunting and terrifying.

Oregon - Startup - Robomodix - Alena - Robot

Designed by Oregon startup Robomodix, Alena is a robot designed to create a more human interface between you and your smart speaker. The robotic bust has six digital motors inside that move its head, eyes and mouth with a malleable silicon face stretched over the top. (It's apparently the same silicon you'd find in a kitchen potholder, which I guess is reassuring? Maybe?)

The robot takes input from your Echo speaker and, based on the frequency of the audio, moves Alena's mouth to replicate speech. Ask your Alexa about the weather, or whether androids dream of electric sheep, and your answer comes out of the mouth of Alena.

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Part iRobot, part Princess-Mombi-head-in-a-cabinet, Alena the robot is uncanny. But...
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