Amazon is Readying the Alexa Device You Dreamed of: a Microwave
Amazon is Readying the Alexa Device You Dreamed of: a Microwave
Amazon plans to release at least 8 new Alexa devices, including a microwave oven and in-car gadget
19 September, 2018, 22:37
A new report by CNBC suggests that the company has plans for at least eight new Alexa-enabled devices, ranging from predictable items, such as an amplifier and a subwoofer, to the less conventional, such as a microwave. But we can also expect an amplifier, a receiver, a subwoofer, and an in-car device, among others.
Citing an internal document describing Amazon's plans, CNBC states that Amazon is expected to reveal some of these devices at an event later this month.
Because these alleged products have Alexa, owners will be able to control them using a smart speaker with Alexa functionality, such as Amazon's own Echo devices. Amazon reportedly has a minimum of 8 Alexa-based hardware devices in the pipeline, all of them now unannounced, that will potentially be available to purchase for the holidays. An unspecified in-car gadget is also planned. An Alexa-powered microwave oven could possibly allow users to start/stop the microwave, and set cooking times. Now, just a few years later, consumers have embraced other Alexa-enabled household devices including smart thermostats, TVs, door locks, vacuums, and security cameras.
Having its own home appliances also opens up a new sales channel for Amazon.
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Assuming the report is true, this would be the first time Amazon launched its own smart home appliances.
Amazon, of course, declined to comment about the news. Sonos has a similar business model.
Both Home and Echo are continually listening for commands, though Google and Amazon say nothing gets passed back to them until the speakers hear a keyword - "OK, Google" for Home and "Alexa" for Echo. There are also products such as the Roav Viva from Anker, an Alexa device which plugs into the 12-volt socket and plays music through the car's Bluetooth-enabled speaker system. As an example - earlier this year, it teamed up with the home builder Lennar to add Echo speakers in some new homes.
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