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Alexa voice software to offer Fitbit progress updates

  • FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, file photo, Brett Broviak, a manager of respiratory and sleep services at IU Health North Hospital, shows off his Fitbit fitness tracker for the camera on the hospital's campus in Carmel, Ind. Starting Thursday, March 17, 2016, Amazon’s voice assistant will tell you how well you slept and how much more exercise you need, at least if you have a Fitbit fitness tracker and an Alexa-compatible device, such as Amazon’s Echo speaker and Fire TV streaming devices. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, file photo, Brett Broviak, a manager of respiratory and sleep services at IU Health North Hospital, shows off his Fitbit fitness tracker for the camera on the hospital's campus in Carmel, Ind. Starting Thursday, March 17, 2016, Amazon’s voice assistant will tell you how well you slept and how much more exercise you need, at least if you have a Fitbit fitness tracker and an Alexa-compatible device, such as Amazon’s Echo speaker and Fire TV streaming devices. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This July 29, 2015, file photo made in New York shows Amazon's Echo, a digital assistant that continually listens for commands such as for a song, a sports score or the weather. Starting Thursday, March 17, 2016, Amazon’s voice assistant will tell you how well you slept and how much more exercise you need, at least if you have a Fitbit fitness tracker and an Alexa-compatible device, such as Amazon’s Echo speaker and Fire TV streaming devices. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    FILE - This July 29, 2015, file photo made in New York shows Amazon's Echo, a digital assistant that continually listens for commands such as for a song, a sports score or the weather. Starting Thursday, March 17, 2016, Amazon’s voice assistant will tell you how well you slept and how much more exercise you need, at least if you have a Fitbit fitness tracker and an Alexa-compatible device, such as Amazon’s Echo speaker and Fire TV streaming devices. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)  (The Associated Press)

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant can now give you progress reports if you wear a Fitbit fitness tracker.

Ask about your sleep, and Alexa will tell you when you fell asleep and for how long. Ask about your daily walks, and Alexa will reply with how many more miles you need to reach your goals. Alexa might also add some encouraging words, such as "I believe in you."

Alexa works with Amazon's Echo speaker and Fire TV streaming devices. It's Amazon's answer to Apple's Siri, Google Now and Microsoft's Cortana. You can already use voice commands to ask Alexa for weather, movie listings and sports scores. In recent weeks, Alexa has also acquired such capabilities as paying Capital One bills and ordering pizza from Domino's.

The Fitbit commands come Thursday.