Amazon’s Alexa service is inspiring, or at least finding its way into an ever more interesting variety of tech. The Triby isn’t the first combination of E-Ink and Alexa on a device we’ve seen, or even the first attempt we’ve tested at building a family-oriented speakerphone divorced from any one person’s mobile device.
But we like Triby for a lot of reasons, the most obvious being that it’s only $20 more expensive than an Amazon Echo, with more features, when comparing MSRPs, and even cheaper than a Tap as of this writing.
While any of the bumper color options besides cool gray are way too kicky for our taste, we love the Triby’s magentic back, which makes for easy mounting on (not stainless steel) refrigerators. My fridge was a no-go, but my metal front door was a perfect location for checking notes on the way in and out, and believe it or not, this was the first Alexa integration in my entryway.
While we don’t really “get” putting video intercoms or speakerphones all over the house, sending deadpan notes or salacious doodles to our Triby, which we obviously immediately “named” “Tribadism” in the app is damn fun, and more importantly, passive and non-intrusive.