My kids love voice assistants. My 3-year-old and 7-year-old ask Alexa or Google about the weather, their favorite tunes, and other wildlife questions every day. Parents will understand.
Imagine if Mickey, Goofy, and other Disney characters answered your kids' inquiries instead of Alexa. Depending on how much you adore Disney, this will be magical or annoying.
Hey Disney, Disney's first home voice assistant, will soon be accessible on Echo devices via the Alexa Skills Store or Amazon Kids+. "Hey Disney!" interacts with kids, parents, and Disney Adults in many of the same ways you use Alexa, with some unique features like Disney Trivia and Star Wars soundscapes.
Mashable got a hands-on demo of Amazon's and Disney's home voice assistant at CES.
Over 20 Disney, Pixar, and Star Wars characters like Genie from Aladdin or Olaf from Frozen answered our questions. During the demo, Cars' Mater told an interactive story and Donald Duck established a 30-second timer. Disney Magical Companion directs the enquiry to a random Disney character.
The demo showed me how the voice assistant will interact with Disney's MagicBand+.
The MagicBand is a watch-sized device that lets you swiftly enter Disney parks, skip lines with Genie+, and more. It's your Disneyland and Disney World pass. MagicBand+ is a premium version of the wearable that's interactive. When you pass select monuments in Magic Kingdom, the MagicBand+ will light up and when you press it, the statue's character will speak to you.
Outside the parks, MagicBands are useless. No more. In our experiment, Donald Duck's timer lit up all linked MagicBand+ gadgets. Disney plans future integrations like playing Disney Trivia with Hey Disney and touching MagicBand+ to be the first to respond.