Amazon Brings Cooking Capabilities To Alexa Smart Home Skill API

Phillip Butler
January 5, 2018

The tech giant has announced it is adding cooking capabilities to its Smart Home Skill API - the programming tools that make it possible to connect Alexa with internet-connected devices.

"The move by Amazon, which right now does very little advertising on the Echo, could mean big things for consumer companies that are fretting their influence on a voice-powered shopping experience", CNBC claimed in their report, adding that, "With Alexa's clout anticipated to rise, brands are anxious about being left out of the voice-shopping platform entirely".

The upgrades announced by Amazon, Thursday, will initially apply to microwaves before being extended to conventional ovens and other smart cooking appliances.

Amazon says that, to begin with, Alexa will be able to set microwave cook times, modes and power levels, but there's no word as to whether the AI assistant is yet smart enough to figure out how to set the ruddy clock. The functions don't work with existing microwaves and ovens, so anyone wishing to avail of the new facility will have to fork out on a new machine. That skill is expected to launch soon. Whirlpool has already created an Alexa skill that will let customers easily configure, start, and operate their connected microwaves with just their voice.

Amazon is being mocked online for the latest update to its smart personal assistant - Alexa can now control microwaves, saving people the mere "micro" seconds it takes to switch on the device after placing your food inside.

"Customers are increasingly using voice user interfaces as a hands-free way to manage their lives, and hands-free control is especially valuable when cooking", Mass wrote to developers. Instead of pressing multiple buttons to enable advanced microwave features, your customers can now use their voices.

As a result, increasing numbers of third-party companies have moved to add Alexa compatibility to their products so that Echo speakers and Alexa-compatible smartphones can be used to control appliances around the home. Customers can already use Alexa to control the June Oven with their voice.

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