Hisense's new 2018 TVs will have built-in Amazon Alexa

Amazon Brings Cooking Controls To Alexa With Smart Home Skill API

Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices are the future of smart home devices, connecting virtually every area of your home with voice commands.

Hisense isn't the only major TV manufacturer to announce smart assistant integration in its latest lineup.

You'll soon be able to use Amazon Alexa to start heating food in your microwave. Yes, you heard that right.

Amazon and Google both held sales on their connected speaker products during the holidays to give consumers an even bigger reason to buy them.

The spending habits of Amazon Echo owners also means that the company can sell the devices as a loss leader if it means gaining a greater share of consumer wallets.

Amazon Alex lets you control both the Hisense TV, and your smart home, where you can take control of your inputs, stream online radio, or turn your lights on/off from the comfort of your couch. It looks like they will be testing different formats and kinds of ads for the Alexa powered devices, which may well include videos.

It sounds like a useful area for Amazon to expand Alexa's reach, since people often have their hands full while cooking and appliances' interfaces are often pretty cramped and confusing. Some of the highlights will be shopping, using smart home devices and much more. Instead of pressing multiple buttons to enable advanced microwave features, your customers can now use their voices. "For example, a customer can say "Alexa, defrost three pounds of chicken" or 'Alexa, microwave for 50 seconds on high'".

Over on its developer blog, Amazon has revealed that an update to its Home Skill API will allow appliance manufacturers to add Alexa support to cloud-connected microwave ovens, which apparently exist. Amazon has a handful of partners on board, but it isn't clear just how quickly support will roll out. Whirlpool has already created its own Alexa skill for microwaves, and plans to launch it "soon".

Alexa's huge base of skills will also be available on new Hisense TVs.

Additionally, Amazon has also announced that Alexa Fund, the company's venture capital arm, has invested in June Life, makers of the June Oven, a countertop smart oven that makes cooking easier, faster, and tastier.

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