Weird Product: Big Mouth Billy Bass, Meet Alexa

Big Mouth Billy Bass has received an upgrade from Amazon.

The dancing and singing mounted fish, popularized in the early 2000s as a must-have for cabins and man-caves, has been hooked up to Amazon’s Alexa devices. Now the piece of fishy kitsch will sing and dance along with songs from Amazon music, respond to voice commands, set alarms, and even give weather reports.

An Alexa-enabled model is just the latest iteration of Big Mouth Billy Bass, whose first ancestors became famous for singing “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” and “Take Me to the River.” Other Big Mouth Billys through the years have sung Christmas songs and pop anthems. One version would record audio and play it back.

The Alexa-connected model is the most sophisticated Big Mouth Billy Bass to date. The idea for it first spawned in 2016, when Brian Kane, a developer for Amazon, hacked the fish to serve as a mouthpiece for Alexa.

The new Big Mouth Billy Bass must be connected to an Echo device — and specifically an Amazon-made Echo device — for it to work with Alexa.

“Big Mouth Billy Bass 2.0” can be purchased on Amazon for $39.99. Unfortunately, the general consensus of Amazon reviews so far indicates the product stinks like, well, fish. It holds an average rating of 1.9 out of 5 stars as of Tuesday, Dec. 4.

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