Amazon Alexa is coming to your microwave, for some reason

Audrey Hill
January 5, 2018

Amazon has added the kitchen companions to the list of gadgets that can conceivably be controlled by the Alexa personal assistant. The company will reveal which smart TVs get Alexa support at CES 2018.

Specifically, when you need to have something heated in the microwave or oven in the future, you could simply say, "Alexa, heat this on high for one minute". While you won't be able to ask Alexa for cookies and have a tray of piping-hot chocolate chip emerge from the nearest Echo smart speaker, it will allow manufacturers to bake the the assistant into their upcoming microwaves.

This move comes as Amazon believes that customers are increasingly using voice user interfaces (VUIs) as a hands-free way to manage their lives and hands-free control could especially be valuable when cooking.

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Amazon is opening its Smart Home Skill API so cloud-based microwave ovens will be able to connect just by talking to them. Voice is the new app in controlling devices, particularly in our smart homes. It also might be useful for when you've put your food in the microwave and are reading the back of the box for directions, which you can then call out to Alexa as you find them.

To make this a success Amazon is also working with a handful of partners or developers to be precise, but it is yet to be seen as to how quickly the support will roll out. "At Amazon, we believe that there will be an Alexa skill for everyone, for everything". A number of other big-name manufactures, including GE Appliances, Kenmore, LG, and Samsung are also planning to add Alexa to their ovens and other appliances. While 2017 has been a banner year for smart speakers in terms of hardware sales, especially for Google and Amazon, smart speakers in 2018 will move beyond hardware, with strategic attempts to monetize the growing installed base in the USA and beyond.

"The skill enables customers to easily configure, start, and operate their connected Whirlpool microwaves". We don't want Microwaves or ovens blowing up or catching on fire.

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