Alexa Gets Cooking With Microwave & Oven Support

05 January, 2018, 14:15 | Author: Juana Mckenzie
  • The kit was one of two developer tool announcements out today ahead of CES

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.

Devices from Amazon and Google are the clear leaders in the smart speaker category with their respective Echo and Home products.

On Thursday, the company announced "cooking capabilities" are now part of its Smart Home Skill API. Going forward, those customers will be able to use shorter, simpler voice commands when using Alexa to control their oven, and receive updates on their food as it's cooking. Well, it looks like Amazon is putting efforts to make the Voice Assistant a revolutionary product and service for consumers and besides the company wants to make its Alexa powered Echo devices available for all the rooms in a consumer's house.

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Amazon confirmed the feature had gone live in the United States, with other countries to follow shortly.

"Customers are increasingly using voice user interfaces as a hands-free way to manage their lives, and hands-free control is especially valuable when cooking", Mass wrote to developers. Instead of pressing multiple buttons to enable advanced microwave features, users can simply use their voices.

Whirlpool is supposed to be the first to launch the integration, allowing customers to "configure, start, and operate" its line of connected microwaves. You might, for example, tell Alexa to set the microwave for 3 minutes or ask Alexa to preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

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LG, Samsung, Kenmore and GE Appliances are also reportedly planning to add Alexa support to their appliance ranges.

According to Amazon, the AI assistant will offer customers a break from, er, "traditional and often confusing microwave experience by enabling them to bark commands at the appliance such as "Alexa, defrost three pounds of chicken" or "Alexa, microwave for 50 seconds on high".

The functions won't work with existing microwaves and ovens, so manufacturers will have to build new smart ovens to support Alexa.

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