Alexa is coming to a microwave oven near you

Bill Rogers
January 5, 2018

The holiday shopping season is almost over and Amazon's smart speaker and its built-in voice assistant dominated the sales charts. Support for other cooking devices, such as conventional ovens, is coming soon.

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". Like smart light bulbs, or a smart thermostat, or a smart security camera, or smart plugs to make your regular old non-internet-connected devices smarter.

The Seattle-based company will be certainly noticeable at this year's show, primarily via Alexa, its fast-growing voice technology platform that powers the company's Echo devices.

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.

Home automation has the potential to make our lives more efficient and give us back time to do more important things (or just waste more time binging on Netflix). 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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While Whirlpool's expected to be the first to launch the new Alexa cooking capability for its connected microwaves (no exact date has been given), Amazon also announced Samsung, GE, Kenmore and LG are all working to bring the new Alexa cooking capability to market. You might, for example, tell Alexa to set the microwave for 3 minutes or ask Alexa to preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Microwaves are about to get a whole lot smarter, and even more convenient, thanks to Amazon Alexa.

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

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 risky situation or accidents. Do let us know in the comments.

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