Alexa Will Soon Control Connected Microwaves

Alexa Will Soon Control Connected Microwaves

Expect to see the cooking features in use very soon.

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".

If you own a smart microwave or oven, you might soon be able to control it with Alexa.

Now Amazon is making strides to expand that trend beyond lights, door locks and televisions, and into the kitchen.

The tech giant has announced it is adding cooking capabilities to its Smart Home Skill API - the programming tools that make it possible to connect Alexa with internet-connected devices.

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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". Users can leverage these interfaces today for microwaves and for appliances that support preset cooking.

Whirlpool has signed on to launch an Alexa-ready microwave that will be the first to the market. Amazon has a handful of partners on board, but it isn't clear just how quickly support will roll out. The skill enables customers to easily configure, start, and operate their connected Whirlpool microwaves. A number of other big-name manufactures, including GE Appliances, Kenmore, LG, and Samsung are also planning to add Alexa to their ovens and other appliances.

Additionally, Amazon has also announced that Alexa Fund, the company's venture capital arm, has invested in June Life, makers of the June Oven, a countertop smart oven that makes cooking easier, faster, and tastier.

The catch, as you might imagine, is that your ovens and microwaves need to support this feature, and nearly all "smart" versions now don't. Do let us know in the comments.

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