Devices from Amazon and Google are the clear leaders in the smart speaker category with their respective Echo and Home products. As such the company is already offering its Echo lineup in different form factors.
That's June Oven, the touchscreen-fronted smart appliance that was announced back in 2015. It also might be useful for when you've put your food in the microwave and are reading the back of the box for directions, which you can then call out to Alexa as you find them. Yes, you heard that right. That means that both Amazon and Google took a little hit to the bottom line, just to try and increase their smart speaker market share.
Customers have now connected tens of millions of smart home devices to Alexa, including cameras, door locks, lights, entertainment systems, and thermostats. Rather than focusing primarily on how to sell devices to new customers, vendors will look to things like advertising, content subscription, premium services or enterprise products to monetize their installed base of current users.
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On top of that, support for other cooking devices, such as conventional ovens, should arrive in the near future as well, Mass said.
Prices and availability aren't stated at this time. Instead of pressing multiple buttons to enable advanced microwave features, users can simply use their voices.
Although Amazon has boasted of having 25,000 third-party voice skills for Alexa, developers still don't have a dependable way to make money on the platform.
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From there, you should be all set.
Whirlpool has signed on to launch an Alexa-ready microwave that will be the first to the market. The skill enables customers to easily configure, start, and operate their connected Whirlpool microwaves.
According to Amazon, the AI assistant will offer customers a break from, er, "traditional and often confusing microwave experience by enabling them to bark commands at the appliance such as "Alexa, defrost three pounds of chicken" or "Alexa, microwave for 50 seconds on high".
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In a Thursday post on the Alexa Blog, Amazon's Mike Mass introduced new tools that will let manufacturers add Alexa support to their cloud-connected microwaves.