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Alexa Will Soon Control Connected Microwaves

Alexa Will Soon Control Connected Microwaves

This means that appliance manufacturers will now be able to create Alexa Skills that enable users to control their cooking appliances using the voice-activated assistant.

That's because today Amazon introduced built-in cooking controls for cooking appliances into the Alexa smart home API.

Initially, there are four new capability interfaces in the Smart Home Skill API and it includes Alexa.Cooking, Alexa.Cooking.TimeController, Alexa.TimeHoldController, and Alexa.CookingPresetController.

According to CNBC, Amazon "has been in talks with several companies about letting them promote products on the best-selling Echo devices, which are powered by the Alexa voice assistant, according to several people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named because the discussions are private".

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

"Customers have now connected tens of millions of smart home devices to Alexa, including cameras, door locks, lights, entertainment systems, and thermostats".

"Instead of pressing multiple buttons to enable advanced microwave features, your customers can now use their voices". Whirlpool has developed an Alexa skill for its line of connected microwaves, which will allow users to "configure, start and operate" their devices entirely hands-free. "For example, a customer can say "Alexa, defrost three pounds of chicken" or 'Alexa, microwave for 50 seconds on high'".

"We're excited to take the next step in our work with Amazon through the Alexa Fund investment and to offer our customers even more engaging experiences with their June Ovens", said Matt Horn, CEO of June Life. GE Appliances, Kenmore, LG and Samsung have also committed to working on skills for their own ovens and "more appliances".

We've seen Alexa integration make its way to a number of smart devices already. Now you can build skills to enable customers in the USA to control their microwave ovens using Alexa.


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