Amazon's Alexa can now tell microwaves how to cook

Amazon's Alexa can now tell microwaves how to cook

Amazon's Alexa can now tell microwaves how to cook

Amazon Alexa's multiple smart home integrations and Google teaming with Nest and Apple HomeKit also are expected to fuel sales of smart speakers.

Amazon clearly sees value in being at CES, given that it's where many manufacturers launch new products that can integrate with Alexa. This means users will be able to utilize Alexa to do things like control volume and change inputs with different voice controls. June Oven had previously raised $9.5 million in funding, according to reports.

Beyond that, Amazon plans to expand the API to support conventional ovens and other cooking devices.

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.

Voice-controlled devices continue to grow more impressive by the week, and in the latest development, today Amazon announced that its Alexa voice assistant service will soon be able to help out in the kitchen.

Amazon and Google are expected to remain the leaders with their Echo and Home devices, but will feel some heat from new entrants to the market. "Cooking capabilities will also be available in other countries soon", Amazon has stated.

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".

GE Appliances, Kenmore, LG and Samsung are also working on bringing AI controls to their 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 U.S. and beyond. Whirlpool has already created an Alexa skill that will let customers easily configure, start, and operate their connected microwaves with just their voice. Hopefully, these companies are considering or taking necessary precautions to make sure that nothing leads to a risky situation or accidents.

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