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Published on May 14th, 2020 | by The GC Team

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Toshiba launches first UK TV with hands-free Alexa built in

Toshiba has announced the new Toshiba TV WK3 range of hands-free TVs, with Alexa built-in. The range is available in 24 and 32 inch screen sizes, and Toshiba says it is the first TV released to the UK market to have a far field microphone embedded in the bezel, meaning users can talk to Alexa hands-free.

The TVs are, says Toshiba, “ideal for kitchen or bedroom use, allowing users to control the TV without using their wet or dirty hands or while completing chores. TV viewers can use their Smart TV functions hands-free, including being able to turn the TV on and off, change the channel and volume, ask questions, access weather forecasts and travel information, play music, set timers and add calendar entries all without lifting a finger. Leaving users free to cook, clean, type, swipe, and anything else they need their hands for without stopping what they are doing to pick up a remote.”

Alexa is there to help with tasks such as accessing recipes in the kitchen, asking for the house cleaning playlist while doing chores or controlling smart home technology – all hands-free via simple verbal commands.

All the top streaming apps are built-in as standard, offering all the latest movies, boxsets, trending music and catch-up TV. Content from across 85 live Freeview channels, as well as over 20,000 hours of on demand content from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, UKTV Play, CBS Catchup Channels UK and Horror Bites is also available through Freeview Play integration.

Bart Kuijten, Commercial Director at Toshiba UK, said: “Voice control is the fascination of millions around the UK. At Toshiba we want to offer our customers an incredible seamless smart home experience by offering our customers intelligent and responsive technology to fit into their increasingly connected, smart home ecosystems.

“The WK3 is a fantastic proposition for our customers, the Alexa embedded technology takes voice activation to a new level for our customers. With the vast majority of day-to-day functions available through hands free voice control, this fantastic TV is ideal for viewing while cooking, cleaning or bathing, eliminating the need to pick up a remote.”

Eric King, General Manager, Amazon Alexa Europe, added: “We are always looking for new ways to bring Alexa to our customers and we’re thrilled to be working with Toshiba to launch the UK’s first hands-free TV, powered by Alexa.”

The new WK3A63DB is available now from Amazon and ao.com, and will also be available “in the coming weeks” from Very and Currys.

RRP from £179.00

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