On top of that, support for other cooking devices, such as conventional ovens, should arrive in the near future as well, Mass said. The survey revealed that Amazon and Google combined account for more than 90% of smart speakers now in use.
Initially, there are four new capability interfaces in the Smart Home Skill API - Alexa.Cooking, Alexa.Cooking.TimeController, Alexa.TimeHoldController, and Alexa.CookingPresetController.
Companies featured in the talks have reportedly included Procter and Gamble, and Clorox, who could soon "pay for higher placement if a user searches for a product such as shampoo on the device, similar to how paid searches work in Google". Instead of pressing umpteen buttons, you can simply ask Alexa to "defrost 3lbs of chicken".
Although Amazon has boasted of having 25,000 third-party voice skills for Alexa, developers still don't have a dependable way to make money on the platform. Well, it looks like Amazon is putting efforts to make the Voice Assistant a revolutionary product and service for consumers and besides the company wants to make its Alexa powered Echo devices available for all the rooms in a consumer's house.
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. Amazon has a handful of partners on board, but it isn't clear just how quickly support will roll out.More news: DeShone Kizer: Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson one of NFL's best
While Whirlpool's expected to be the first to launch the new Alexa cooking capability for its connected microwaves (no exact date has been given), Amazon also announced Samsung, GE, Kenmore and LG are all working to bring the new Alexa cooking capability to market.
All in all, this is an interesting development in the technology sphere.
But then, Apple wasn't first in the smartphone game either - and we all know how that turned out for the Cupertino company.