Published: Fri, January 05, 2018
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Hisense's new 2018 TVs will have built-in Amazon Alexa

Hisense's new 2018 TVs will have built-in Amazon Alexa

HOME INVADER Amazon has announced an update to its Alexa API that could see the AI assistant arrive in your, er, microwave. The move will lead to June adding Alexa commands once oven support is available. Google's own Google Assistant will also be in the spotlight - "where there's Alexa, there's likely to be Google Assistant in the mix", writes The Verge in its CES 2018 preview.

According to CNBC, the retail giant has been negotiating with a range of major companies, such as Clorox and Procter & Gamble, to let them promote their products via Alexa. The company says the HomePod should arrive in early 2018; however, at a price much higher than any of Amazon's Echo devices, it may struggle to gain market share. While you won't be able to ask Alexa for cookies and have a tray of piping-hot chocolate chip emerge from the nearest Echo smart speaker, it will allow manufacturers to bake the the assistant into their upcoming microwaves.

Amazon is opening its Smart Home Skill API so cloud-based microwave ovens will be able to connect just by talking to them.

Alexa now operates through Amazons' Echo and Echo Dot speakers and cooking requests will be made via these devices.

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Amazon's Alexa AI tech is set to be expanded - with a deal in the pipeline for advertising to be pumped direct to users' devices. Next up? Controlling your kitchen appliances starting with microwave ovens. Users can leverage these interfaces today for microwaves and for appliances that support preset cooking. "At Amazon, we believe that there will be an Alexa skill for everyone, for everything".

According to a report from Emarketer released in May past year, Amazon dominates the voice-controlled speaker market.

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. We don't want Microwaves or ovens blowing up or catching on fire.

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