Alexa will cook your food for you in 2018

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

Although lacking the smart home interaction of Alexa and Google Assistant, the Roku Entertainment Assistant will make it easier for you to play media with a voice command. Going forward, those customers will be able to use shorter, simpler voice commands when using Alexa to control their oven, and receive updates on their food as it's cooking.

According to CNBC, Amazon "has been in talks with several companies about letting them promote products on the best-selling Echo devices, which are powered by the Alexa voice assistant, according to several people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named because the discussions are private". This functionality will initially only be available to US-based developers but Amazon will be bringing the API to other parts of the world "soon".

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

Now Amazon is making strides to expand that trend beyond lights, door locks and televisions, and into the kitchen.

Whirlpool is supposed to be the first to launch the integration, allowing customers to "configure, start, and operate" its line of connected microwaves.

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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.

Manufacturing partners that have signed on to the program include GE Appliances, Kenmore, LG, Samsung, and Whirlpool.

The new feature, called Flash Briefing, is easily set up after downloading the Amazon Alexa app on an iOS or Android device. For example, a user can say "Alexa, defrost three pounds of chicken" or "Alexa, microwave for 50 seconds on high".

The catch, as you might imagine, is that your ovens and microwaves need to support this feature, and nearly all "smart" versions now don't.

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