Alexa Gets Cooking With Microwave & Oven Support

Amazon is making it easier to bring Alexa to devices like headphones and smartwatches

Amazon is expanding the skill set of virtual assistant Alexa beyond being able to control lights and speakers - it'll soon be able to control your microwave. Although lacking the smart home interaction of Alexa and Google Assistant, the Roku Entertainment Assistant will make it easier for you to play media with a voice command.

"Customers are increasingly using voice user interfaces as a hands-free way to manage their lives, and hands-free control is especially valuable when cooking", Mass wrote to developers.

"Whirlpool has created an Alexa skill leveraging these new cooking capabilities in the Smart Home Skill API for its connected microwaves and expects to launch it 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.

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". Amazon says that support for other cooking appliances will be added later. Whilst Amazon has a variety of vendor partners, it's not certain how rapidly support will roll out. You might, for example, tell Alexa to set the microwave for 3 minutes or ask Alexa to preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Specifically Alexa will gain dominion over microwave ovens along with conventional ovens.

In the future, though, Samsung, LG, GE Appliances and Kenmore will also allow their ovens (and, in time, other appliances) to support Alexa.

All in all, this is an interesting development in the technology sphere. Hopefully, these companies are considering or taking necessary precautions to make sure that nothing leads to a unsafe situation or accidents.

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