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Amazon gives Alexa more cooking chops, invests in June Oven

05 January 2018

But that could soon change. Using the appropriate Alexa Skill, and saying "Alexa, defrost this 2-pound sirloin steak", will start a microwave and punch in the correct settings - with just your voice.

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

The functions won't work with existing microwaves and ovens, so manufacturers will have to build new smart ovens to support Alexa.

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.

These new capabilities are made possible through Amazon's Smart Home Skill API. Instead of pressing multiple buttons to enable advanced microwave features, your customers can now use their voices.

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

On top of that, support for other cooking devices, such as conventional ovens, should arrive in the near future as well, Mass said.

As a result, increasing numbers of third-party companies have moved to add Alexa compatibility to their products so that Echo speakers and Alexa-compatible smartphones can be used to control appliances around the home.

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".

Whirlpool is the first company to create an Alexa skill for its connected microwaves, and Amazon said it'll be launching "soon" in the United States, so we wouldn't be surprised if the first AI-controlled microwaves made an appearance at CES next week. This means, of course, you can expect the June oven to work with Alexa's cooking capabilities sometime in 2018.

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Amazon gives Alexa more cooking chops, invests in June Oven