Amazon Alexa now controls your microwave

You'll soon be able to use Alexa to control your smart oven or microwave

Could Alexa be the next big thing in 2018? As such the company is already offering its Echo lineup in different form factors.

Amazon also reportedly plans to target users based on past shopping behavior. Amazon has added cooking abilities to its Smart Home Skill framework, letting you control microwaves (and eventually conventional ovens) with your voice. Yes, you heard that right.

Amazon Alex lets you control both the Hisense TV, and your smart home, where you can take control of your inputs, stream online radio, or turn your lights on/off from the comfort of your couch. The move will lead to June adding Alexa commands once oven support is available.

Amazon will also show off its traveling smart home as part of the Smart Life Roadshow it is doing with Intel. "Customers can ask Alexa to set microwave cook times, modes, power levels, and more instead of using the traditional and often confusing microwave experience". It'll also spread availability beyond the US-only skills that the new system will ship with now, to other countries.

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That's June Oven, the touchscreen-fronted smart appliance that was announced back in 2015. "For example, a customer can say "Alexa, defrost three pounds of chicken" or 'Alexa, microwave for 50 seconds on high'". Amazon has a handful of partners on board, but it isn't clear just how quickly support will roll out.

Personal assistants have boomed in popularity since the first Amazon Alexa was released in 2014, and many consumer companies fear losing money and market share as a result of artificial intelligence technology. The skill enables customers to easily configure, start, and operate their connected Whirlpool microwaves. Amazon explained further telling CNET that, "we're making it easier for device manufacturers to build for Alexa by providing a common framework".

"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", it writes.

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