Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Amazon Alexa will soon let users control ovens and microwaves

Amazon is pushing Alexa onto wearables Amazon is making it easier to bring Alexa to devices like headphones and smartwatches
Beatrice Douglas | 05 January, 2018, 14:16

However, it already notes that it's making "significant investments" in voice control, including a remote control, a mobile app and already-announced Alexa gear including an air conditioner and dehumidifier.

"The move by Amazon, which right now does very little advertising on the Echo, could mean big things for consumer companies that are fretting their influence on a voice-powered shopping experience", CNBC claimed in their report, adding that, "With Alexa's clout anticipated to rise, brands are anxious about being left out of the voice-shopping platform entirely".

HOME INVADER Amazon has announced an update to its Alexa API that could see the AI assistant arrive in your, er, microwave.

Amazon confirmed the feature had gone live in the United States, with other countries to follow shortly. Instead of pressing multiple buttons to enable advanced microwave features, users can simply use their voices.


As a result, increasing numbers of third-party companies have moved to add Alexa compatibility to their products so that Echo speakers and Alexa-compatible smartphones can be used to control appliances around the home.

"Customers have now connected tens of millions of smart home devices to Alexa, including cameras, door locks, lights, entertainment systems, and thermostats". Initially rolling out in microwaves from Whirlpool and others, the new cooking capabilities will let users define time and temperature parameters and will eventually use the Alexa voice interface to walk through cooking a meal. For example, a customer can say "Alexa, defrost three pounds of chicken" or "Alexa, microwave for 50 seconds on high".

Whirlpool has signed on to launch an Alexa-ready microwave that will be the first to the market.

LG, Samsung, Kenmore and GE Appliances are also reportedly planning to add Alexa support to their appliance ranges. With the built-in cooking device controls in the Smart Home Skill API, you will make it easier for your customers to control your cloud-connected microwave.

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