Amazon's Alexa to Get Microwave Oven Capabilities

Alyssa Bailey
January 5, 2018

Yes, you heard that right.

Amazon has added the kitchen companions to the list of gadgets that can conceivably be controlled by the Alexa personal assistant. Amazon and Google try to recoup revenue through other means, like commissions on sales items and customer data-sharing arrangements.

Amazon will also show off its traveling smart home as part of the Smart Life Roadshow it is doing with Intel. Naturally, you'll need a microwave oven that is created to connect with Alexa, but plenty of appliance makers are taking the initiative to make this happen. Conventional ovens - as long as they connect wirelessly - will be next.

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The Echo was $200 when it launched - far too expensive for a lot of people to justify using voice controls to turn on the lights or play music when walking up and pushing a switch or pressing a button worked just fine. "For example, a customer can say "Alexa, defrost three pounds of chicken" or 'Alexa, microwave for 50 seconds on high'". Indeed the new API software is an improvement. Users can leverage these interfaces today for microwaves and for appliances that support preset cooking. The tools are available from Amazon for developers now, but we'll still have to wait a while to see compatible appliances.

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Whirlpool is the first company to create an Alexa skill for its connected microwaves, and Amazon said it'll be launching "soon" in the USA, so we wouldn't be surprised if the first AI-controlled microwaves made an appearance at CES next week.

"Customers can ask Alexa to set microwave cook times, modes, power levels, and more instead of using the traditional and often confusing microwave experience", Mass wrote.

GE Appliances, Kenmore, LG, and Samsung are also working on integrating Alexa's cooking capabilities into their smart ovens and appliances.

The new feature, called Flash Briefing, is easily set up after downloading the Amazon Alexa app on an iOS or Android device.

Total smart speaker sales are expected to reach a whopping 56.3 million units in 2018, with Google and Amazon expected to lead the way with their Google Home and Alexa speakers.

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