Alexa will soon be able to control ovens and microwaves

Alexa will soon be able to control ovens and microwaves

Hisense has revealed that some of its 2018 4K TVs will include Amazon Alexa, letting you control both the set itself and your smart home.

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.

"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", Amazon's Mike Maas wrote in a blog post.

Whirlpool is supposed to be the first to launch the integration, allowing customers to "configure, start, and operate" its line of connected microwaves.

Amazon's smart home business has become the biggest in the market over the last two years thanks to its range of Echo smart speakers - all of which are powered by Alexa.

On top of that, support for other cooking devices, such as conventional ovens, should arrive in the near future as well, Mass said.

Bronx apartment fire leaves 16 injured
At least 12 people have been injured. "Praying for a swift recovery for all those injured", Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted. The multi-storey building is situated on the corner of the Commonwealth and Bronx River avenues in Van Nest.

"Customers have now connected tens of millions of smart home devices to Alexa, including cameras, door locks, lights, entertainment systems, and thermostats". Up until now companies had to create custom skills for Alexa to command their appliances. Instead of pressing umpteen buttons, you can simply ask Alexa to "defrost 3lbs of chicken". Amazon has a handful of partners on board, but it isn't clear just how quickly support will roll out.

GE Appliances, Kenmore, LG and Samsung are also working on bringing AI controls to their appliances.

The functions won't work with existing microwaves and ovens, so manufacturers will have to build new smart ovens to support Alexa.

The new feature, called Flash Briefing, is easily set up after downloading the Amazon Alexa app on an iOS or Android device.

All in all, this is an interesting development in the technology sphere.

The chances are we'll see the Whirlpool product at CES 2018. Hopefully, these companies are considering or taking necessary precautions to make sure that nothing leads to a unsafe situation or accidents.

Related Articles

  • Roy Moore accuser Leigh Corfman files defamation lawsuit against Moore, campaign

    Roy Moore accuser Leigh Corfman files defamation lawsuit against Moore, campaign

    Corfman's allegations came more than a month before the special election for the U.S. Since publication of the Washington Post article on November 9, 2017, Mr.
    Khloé Kardashian Already Knows What She Wants to Name Her Baby

    Khloé Kardashian Already Knows What She Wants to Name Her Baby

    The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star told fans on Instagram she used her hair and makeup to distract from her tummy. You gotta ask Kylie ", Khloe said. "Gosh, just having a family [is the most unexpected gift]", she gushed.
    Hospitals are turning flu patients away

    Hospitals are turning flu patients away

    Thanks to a phenomenon called "genetic drift", the flu virus of this year is never the same as the flu virus of last year. Cardiff and Vale health board said it had also seen an increase in patients with flu and respiratory conditions.
  • Weather warning for strong winds

    Weather warning for strong winds

    The Met Office says gusts of up to 80mph could hit the coast on Wednesday, as the tail end of Storm Eleanor sweeps across. Flying debris could lead to injuries or danger to life, while some damage to buildings is likely, it has said.
    Tom Petty's Publisher Sues Spotify for a Measly $1.6 Billion

    Tom Petty's Publisher Sues Spotify for a Measly $1.6 Billion

    While the songwriters have administrative agreements that allow Wixen to negotiate licensing deals, Spotify notes that those agreements say nothing about litigation.
    Amb. Nikki Haley Speaks Out on International Incidents

    Amb. Nikki Haley Speaks Out on International Incidents

    This is the precise picture of a long oppressed people's rising up against their dictators". The freedoms that are enshrined in the United Nations charter are under attack in Iran.
  • Kabul blast: Death toll rises to 20

    Kabul blast: Death toll rises to 20

    Several days ago a suicide bomber killed more than 40 people at a Shi'ite cultural centre in the capital. The attack took place near a security establishment at Banaee area of the city in the evening.
    Justin Timberlake Blessing the Masses With New Album Next Month

    Justin Timberlake Blessing the Masses With New Album Next Month

    Man of the Woods makes it debut at the flawless time as Timberlake is set to perform at the 52 Super Bowl on February 4, 2018. His wife, actress Jessica Biel - who appears in the video along with their son, Silas - is from the north woods of Minnesota.
    Irish manufacturing growth ends 2017 at record high

    Irish manufacturing growth ends 2017 at record high

    This is for the fifth consecutive month that the index has come in above 50-point mark that separates expansion from contraction. PMI for the high-tech sector picked up further to 53.8 in December from 53.2 in November, NBS data showed.
  • Red-faced Kim Jong-un accidentally blasts OWN city in missile blunder

    Red-faced Kim Jong-un accidentally blasts OWN city in missile blunder

    North Korea launched an ICBM over Japan into the Pacific Ocean on September 14, and then again on November 29 of past year . The publication published photos posted by the Kim Jong Un regime during a missile launch celebration concert in July 2017.
    Industry responds to coffee cups report

    Industry responds to coffee cups report

    However, due to their plastic lining, customers who put them in the recyclable waste effectively contaminate it. Creagh said coffee shops have been "pulling the wool" over customers' eyes by saying their cups are recyclable.
    Delhi starts New Year with thick fog; flights, train services affected

    Delhi starts New Year with thick fog; flights, train services affected

    Low visibility also affected train services in the morning, with over 90 delayed, cancelled and re-scheduled due to the dense fog. The dense fog seems to create major problems for the visitors as the operations at the airport is severely affected.