Alexa will soon be able to control ovens and microwaves

Amazon is making it easier to bring Alexa to devices like headphones and smartwatches

However, it already notes that it's making "significant investments" in voice control, including a remote control, a mobile app and already-announced Alexa gear including an air conditioner and dehumidifier.

Alexa's smart home skills aren't just for turning on the lights or locking your door these days - now, they can help fulfill your culinary ambitions. These new capabilities are made possible through Amazon's Smart Home Skill API.

That means Alexa developers will now be able to integrate the smart assistant into their own connected microwaves and conventional ovens, though support for the latter won't be arriving for a while yet.

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Amazon confirmed the feature had gone live in the USA, with other countries to follow shortly.

This move comes as Amazon believes that customers are increasingly using voice user interfaces (VUIs) as a hands-free way to manage their lives and hands-free control could especially be valuable when cooking.

"Instead of pressing multiple buttons to enable advanced microwave features, your customers can now use their voices".

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Recent reports reveal that Whirlpool will be among the first appliance brands to feature Alexa integration, enabling consumers to "soon" "configure, start, and operate" its suite of smart microwaves.

"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.

In the future, though, Samsung, LG, GE Appliances and Kenmore will also allow their ovens (and, in time, other appliances) to support Alexa. For example, a customer can say "Alexa, defrost three pounds of chicken" or "Alexa, microwave for 50 seconds on high". With the built-in cooking device controls in the Smart Home Skill API, you will make it easier for your customers to control your cloud-connected microwave.

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