Alexa is coming to a microwave oven near you

Amazon is pushing Alexa onto wearables

The company will reveal which smart TVs get Alexa support at CES 2018. That said, hopefully Amazon and these companies have taken precautions to make sure that ovens don't get accidentally set without people realizing, since that could lead to a risky situation. Moreover, Amazon has said that support for other cooking appliances will also be added later. While you won't be able to ask Alexa for cookies and have a tray of piping-hot chocolate chip emerge from the nearest Echo smart speaker, it will allow manufacturers to bake the the assistant into their upcoming microwaves. Voice is the new app in controlling devices, particularly in our smart homes.

To presumably speed up adoption in conventional ovens, Amazon's venture capital arm has also invested in June Life, a company that makes a smart oven called the June Oven.

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.

That's June Oven, the touchscreen-fronted smart appliance that was announced back in 2015. Instead of pressing multiple buttons to enable advanced microwave features, your customers can now use their voices. Users can leverage these interfaces today for microwaves and for appliances that support preset cooking. Amazon has a handful of partners on board, but it isn't clear just how quickly support will roll out. GE, Whirlpool, Kenmore, LG and Samsung are all developing Alexa skills to take advantage of this. Whirlpool has already created its own Alexa skill for microwaves, and plans to launch it "soon".

The four new skills from Amazon include Alexa.Cooking, Alexa.Cooking.TimeController, Alexa.TimeHoldController, and Alexa.CookingPresetController, says the company.

All in all, this is an interesting development in the technology sphere. Hopefully, these companies are considering or taking necessary precautions to make sure that nothing leads to a unsafe situation or accidents. Do let us know in the comments.

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