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05 January 2018, 01:42 | Denise Dawson
Amazon is making it easier to bring Alexa to devices like headphones and smartwatches
Conventional ovens - as long as they connect wirelessly - will be next.
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.
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".
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.
The Echo was $200 when it launched - far too expensive for a lot of people to justify using voice controls to turn on the lights or play music when walking up and pushing a switch or pressing a button worked just fine.
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. Indeed the new API software is an improvement.
Just as ads found their way to the newspaper, the radio, the television, the internet, and even to our inbox and inside our apps, it only makes sense for advertisers to follow us to the next frontier of voice-powered AI. You might, for example, tell Alexa to set the microwave for 3 minutes or ask Alexa to preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
Only Whirlpool has officially made an Alexa skill for ovens and microwaves at the moment, but we have no timeline as to when we'll actually see an Alexa-capable oven or microwave from the company aside from "soon".
Manufacturing partners that have signed on to the program include GE Appliances, Kenmore, LG, Samsung, and Whirlpool. Amazon Alexa's multiple smart home integrations and Google teaming with Nest and Apple HomeKit also are expected to fuel sales of smart speakers. We're in full-blown, this-is-a-real-product-category and you should start paying attention to what's happening in this space because things are about to get really interesting.
The first is to let brands pay for placement when users are shopping through Alexa.
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