You can now control your microwave through Amazon's Alexa

You can now control your microwave through Amazon's Alexa

Going forward, those customers will be able to use shorter, simpler voice commands when using Alexa to control their oven, and receive updates on their food as it's cooking.

Amazon has added the kitchen companions to the list of gadgets that can conceivably be controlled by the Alexa personal assistant. Voice is the new app in controlling devices, particularly in our smart homes. Specifically Alexa will gain dominion over microwave ovens along with conventional ovens.

On Thursday, the company announced "cooking capabilities" are now part of its Smart Home Skill API. With the built-in cooking device controls in the Smart Home Skill API, you will make it easier for your customers to control your cloud-connected microwave. The interfaces are designed for future extensibility as support for more cooking devices becomes available. Instead of pressing multiple buttons to enable advanced microwave features, your customers can now use their voices.

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The new Alexa cooking capability understands food categories (for example, Alexa will take a food term from the Echo user - such as "sockeye salmon" - to categorize food in the "Fish" category) and cooking modes. 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. "Amazon has hinted in the past that it will launch a paid search ad product for Alexa, but sources said that the latest talks show the e-commerce giant is preparing to make a serious run at the ad market as early as this year".

Amazon has also announced that the Alexa Fund, its venture capital arm, is investing in June Life, the company behind the connected June Oven. Customers can already use Alexa to control the June Oven with their voice.

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