Amazon has recently announced that it is adding microwave and oven control features to its smart assistant Alexa. If you own a smart microwave or oven, you can now control your gastronomical stunts with a voice command. Simply say “Alexa, microwave for 30 seconds on high.” You microwave would do the needful while you are lazing on the couch. Amazon has also promised that support for other home appliances will soon be added as well.
Although, as Business Report points out, there’s a minor drawback in the application of the feature. Despite owning a smart microwave or oven, which is not such a common thing yet, the appliance still needs to be updated to support this feature. Amazon has a handful of partners on board, but it isn’t clear just how quickly support will roll out.
Reportedly, Whirlpool will be one of the first to launch the integration, soon followed by GE Appliances, LG, Samsung, and Kenmore.
Amazon is also said to be investing in June Life, the US-based company behind the connected June Oven. The investment is set to open doors for Alexa commands to be added to the June oven once oven support is available.
“We’re excited to take the next step in our work with Amazon through the Alexa Fund investment and to offer our customers even more engaging voice experiences with their June Ovens. “We’re already bringing hands-free voice control to customers via our June Oven custom skill, which makes it incredibly convenient for them to do things like preheat the oven while they’re mixing ingredients, set and check timers, and stop cooking without taking off their oven mitts,” Business Report reported Matt Van Horn, Co-Founder and CEO of June Life as saying.