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.
Customers are increasingly using voice user interfaces (VUIs) as a hands-free way to manage their lives, and hands-free control is especially valuable when cooking.
Only Whirlpool has officially made an Alexa skill for ovens and microwaves at the moment, but we have no timeline as to when we'll actually see an Alexa-capable oven or microwave from the company aside from "soon".
Amazon's smart home business has become the biggest in the market over the last two years thanks to its range of Echo smart speakers - all of which are powered by Alexa.
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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". Amazon has a handful of partners on board, but it isn't clear just how quickly support will roll out.
"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.
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The new feature, called Flash Briefing, is easily set up after downloading the Amazon Alexa app on an iOS or Android device. Specifically Alexa will gain dominion over microwave ovens along with conventional ovens. Did you know that the Echo and other Amazon devices can read your local news to you, in addition to adjusting the lights, checking weather and playing music? "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".
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