However, Alexa's smart abilities can not used for existing ovens. Google's own Google Assistant will also be in the spotlight - "where there's Alexa, there's likely to be Google Assistant in the mix", writes The Verge in its CES 2018 preview. The company says the HomePod should arrive in early 2018; however, at a price much higher than any of Amazon's Echo devices, it may struggle to gain market share. In addition, you could ask Alexa to preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Amazon has today announced that its smart voice assistant, Alexa, will soon be able to control microwaves and ovens, with further plans to support other cooking appliances too.
Alexa now operates through Amazons' Echo and Echo Dot speakers and cooking requests will be made via these devices.
Being the first brand in Alexa's search results would also be especially valuable, because shoppers are more likely to select the first option available when they can't physically scroll down to see other brands. Instead of pressing multiple buttons to enable advanced microwave features, users can simply use their voices.
Isaiah Thomas to Be on Minutes Restriction After Return from Hip Injury
This will be the first game for the Cavaliers this year, and it will also be the first game for the point guard in a Cavs jersey. I'm focused on the Cleveland Cavaliers and trying to win a championship". "I have no feel for the game right now", Thomas said.
So with the built-in cooking device controls in the Smart Home Skill API, users will now find it easier to control their cloud-connected microwave.
"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".
Manufacturing partners that have signed on to the program include GE Appliances, Kenmore, LG, Samsung, and Whirlpool.
It sounds like a useful area for Amazon to expand Alexa's reach, since people often have their hands full while cooking and appliances' interfaces are often pretty cramped and confusing.
Amazon leaders like Miriam Daniels, director of product management for Amazon Echo, and Daniel Rausch, vice president of Amazon Smart Home, will be speaking on panels at CES this year.