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Amazon Alexa will soon control microwave ovens

Amazon Alexa will soon control microwave ovens

Amazon introduced new tools on Thursday that allow kitchen appliance makers to build Alexa, the voice assistant that powers Echo devices, into microwaves and eventually conventional ovens.

Hisense has announced that a number of its upcoming 4K TVs will feature Amazon Alexa.

Another report from VoiceLabs published in January a year ago also ranks Alexa as the leading voice AI in terms of market share.

Hisense has now been using its own TV platform on its smart TVs, with some running the Roku operating system.

It sounds like a useful area for Amazon to expand Alexa's reach, since people often have their hands full while cooking and appliances' interfaces are often pretty cramped and confusing.

How Will Alexa Work On Hisense Smart TVs?

Besides controlling the TV, the remote can be the voice gateway to the LG smart home hub, essentially the TV. This will include things such as opening and closing apps, open various content, play music, smart home controls and much more.

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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. There are now 10,000 skills available for Alexa and the list continues to grow. "Cooking capabilities will also be available in other countries soon", Amazon has stated.

Members of Amazon Prime, the company's paid subscription service that offers free same-day, one-day or two-day shipping for most products, spend about $1,300 a year on average.

Although the company has not said exactly which TV models will get Amazon's smart assistant, Hisense says its flagship 100-inch Ultra HD Laser TV is definitely included.

Meanwhile, in June previous year, the City of Cape Town congratulated Hisense for producing its millionth television and millionth fridge at its factory in Atlantis.

This isn't the first time Hisense has added the digital voice assistant to their products, but it will be the first smart TV from the company. Perhaps we'll see some Alexa earbuds to take on Apple's red-hot AirPods, along with more vehicle dashboard tie-ins like the ones BMW and Ford announced in 2017. Plus users will be able to try it themselves as the company will also demo Alexa support at its booth in Las Vegas.


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