Adding Alexa to your car has never been so cheap.
The Muse looks like any number of car gadgets — it’s a disc about the size of an Oreo cookie that sticks to your dashboard and connects to a USB port or lighter socket. It contains a microphone and it connects to your phone via Bluetooth.
Speak Music is a company makes voice-recognition tech tailored for music accessories, enabling devices like headphones to better recognize very specific commands.
With Muse, the company is using its tech to bridge the gap between drivers and Amazon’s Alexa. Powered by a Qualcomm chip, the device combines Speak Music’s music-specific commands with everything you can already tell Alexa to do. In the car, that will probably mostly be playing podcasts and playlists from Amazon and its favored partners (like IHeartRadio and TuneIn … Spotify compatibility is “coming”), but you can also turn up your thermostat, start a to-do list, play voice-activated word games, or anything else you do with Alexa at home.
All of which is to say the Muse sounds like the ideal device for iPhone owners who want to bring Alexa to their cars cheaply and easily — especially if you use Alexa for music a lot. And since it has Bluetooth, USB, and Aux inputs, that means pretty much any car.