Alexa Will Soon Control Connected Microwaves

Amazon Brings Cooking Controls To Alexa With Smart Home Skill API

Alexa Will Soon Control Connected Microwaves

Hisense will be showing their new 4K Smart TV lineup at CES 2018 in Las Vegas from January 9 till January 12.

Meanwhile, Google and Apple could try to push their own assistants beyond the smartphone, where they play more of a supporting role.

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Whirlpool is the first company to create an Alexa skill for its connected microwaves, and Amazon said it'll be launching "soon" in the U.S., so we wouldn't be surprised if the first AI-controlled microwaves made an appearance at CES next week. It also ties into enterprise services such as Microsoft Exchange, Salesforce, and SAP Concur. Amazon is in heated competition with Alphabet's Google, which makes Google Home virtual assistant speakers, for market share.

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This means that manufacturers such as Whirlpool will be able to integrate smart capabilities into their kitchen products.

Devices from Amazon and Google are the clear leaders in the smart speaker category with their respective Echo and Home products. For third-party hardware makers, the challenge this year will be to find the use cases that actually stick. Amazon Alexa's multiple smart home integrations and Google teaming with Nest and Apple HomeKit also are expected to fuel sales of smart speakers.

Amazon and Google marked down the smallest version of their speakers, the Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home Mini, to as low as $29 from $50, with higher-end versions of their devices costing about twice as much.

Smart speakers are now the kings of consumer technology, according to a new report from Canalys.

Could Alexa be the next big thing in 2018?

Initially, there are four new capability interfaces in the Smart Home Skill API - Alexa.Cooking, Alexa.Cooking.TimeController, Alexa.TimeHoldController, and Alexa.Cooking.PresetController. One factor hastening the use of QR code coupons is increased native support among mobile operating systems, Juniper Research found. Apple's iOS, for example, added native support for QR codes to its iPhone camera app past year, making usage a little bit easier for consumers. Monetization schemes won't solve the problem directly, but they could compel developers to make better skills that people want to use more often.

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