Introducing Cooking Capabilities in the Alexa Smart Home Skill API : Alexa Blogs

  • Introducing Cooking Capabilities in the Alexa Smart Home Skill API : Alexa Blogs

Introducing Cooking Capabilities in the Alexa Smart Home Skill API : Alexa Blogs

Amazon's Alexa will soon start controlling microwaves, smart ovens and refrigerators after the Jeff Bezos-led company said on Friday that it has added cooking capabilities to the smart voice assistant's interface. This will be the first time Hisense has offered Alexa on any of its TVs. Amazon is in heated competition with Alphabet's Google, which makes Google Home virtual assistant speakers, for market share.

Hisense has now been using its own TV platform on its smart TVs, with some running the Roku operating system. But now with Alexa support included, users will be able to control not only the content on the TV but the hardware on the device.

Customers have now connected tens of millions of smart home devices to Alexa, including cameras, door locks, lights, entertainment systems, and thermostats.

The news comes a day after streaming device manufacturer Roku announced plans to develop its own voice-activated assistant.

Hisense says Alexa support will give its 2018 TVs "a wide variety of voice features right out of the box" and that Alexa will help users "control certain primary functions, including voice commands, changing inputs and controlling volume". Some of the highlights will be shopping, using smart home devices and much more. "Cooking capabilities will also be available in other countries soon", Amazon has stated.

If true, this development is actually not that surprising given that Amazon was already hinting that they will eventually launch a paid search ad product for Alexa. "The US will remain the single most important market for smart speakers in 2018, as shipments are expected to reach 38.4 million units, with China a distant second at 4.4 million units".

Hisense has said that their huge 100-inch laser TV will have built-in Amazon Alexa, which is a nice touch. As for the TVs themselves, Hisense is mum on them for now, but I'm sure we'll see more details on their TV sets next week at CES.

Meanwhile, in June a year ago, the City of Cape Town congratulated Hisense for producing its millionth television and millionth fridge at its factory in Atlantis.