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

06 January, 2018, 03:34 | Author: Natasha Holloway
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Could Alexa be the next big thing in 2018?

On Friday, Amazon announced that gadget manufacturers will be able to include the company's voice assistant Alexa in portable devices like headphones, smartwatches and fitness wearables. As such the company is already offering its Echo lineup in different form factors.

What TV Models Will Incorporate Amazon Alexa?

Now, Amazon is looking to further expand its reach by supporting low-power mobile devices with the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit. Yes, you heard that right.

The tech company has revealed it's adding microwave and oven control features to Alexa, giving it the ability to action requests such as "Alexa, please microwave for 1 minute on high". Moreover, Amazon has said that support for other cooking appliances will also be added later. Next up? Controlling your kitchen appliances starting with microwave ovens. Conventional ovens - as long as they connect wirelessly - will be next.

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Prices and availability aren't stated at this time. Using the appropriate Alexa Skill, and saying "Alexa, defrost this 2-pound sirloin steak", will start a microwave and punch in the correct settings - with just your voice.

So with the built-in cooking device controls in the Smart Home Skill API, users will now find it easier to control their cloud-connected microwave.

Device makers who want to enable their Bluetooth audio-capable device to connect to Alexa for a hands-free voice experience will be able to leverage this new developer toolset later this year. Voice is the new app in controlling devices, particularly in our smart homes. The company will reveal which smart TVs get Alexa support at CES 2018.

To make this a success Amazon is also working with a handful of partners or developers to be precise, but it is yet to be seen as to how quickly the support will roll out.

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