Amazon has announced that they’ve expanded Alexa’s developer API to now include cooking capabilities. The new abilities allow customers to control smart microwaves, with control for conventional ovens and other cooking appliances coming later.
Alexa will be able to control cloud-connected microwaves and help perform actions that normally require pressing multiple buttons with intuitive voice commands. Example commands given include “Alexa, defrost three pounds of chicken” and “Alexa, microwave for 50 seconds on high.“
Whirlpool will be among the first manufactures to launch an Alexa Skill for their connected microwaves that leverage the new cooking capabilities. The skill enables customers to easily configure, start, and operate their connected Whirlpool microwaves. Customers can ask Alexa to set microwave cook times, modes, power levels, and more instead of using the traditional and often confusing buttons.
GE Appliances, Kenmore, LG, and Samsung are also working on incorporating the new cooking capabilities to allow customers to control their ovens and more appliances using Alexa in the future. While it’ll probably be a while before most of us control cooking appliances with our voice, this extension of Alexa’s capabilities makes sense since the kitchen is a common place to have your hands full.