New Hisense 4K TVs will include Amazon Alexa

New Hisense 4K TVs will include Amazon Alexa

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. Today we are excited to introduce cooking capabilities as part of the Smart Home Skill API. It also might be useful for when you've put your food in the microwave and are reading the back of the box for directions, which you can then call out to Alexa as you find them. Ovens and microwaves are the current focus, but Amazon hopes that other appliances will be compatible beyond that. Some of the highlights will be shopping, using smart home devices and much more. Instead of pressing multiple buttons to enable advanced microwave features, users can simply use their voices. That will allow for commands like "Alexa, microwave for two minutes on high", "Alexa, cook a frozen pizza", or "Alexa, defrost a pound of steak", and have the settings and times adjusted automatically.

Initially, there are four new capability interfaces in the Smart Home Skill API - Alexa.Cooking, Alexa.Cooking.TimeController, Alexa.TimeHoldController, and Alexa.Cooking.PresetController. Well, it looks like Amazon is putting efforts to make the Voice Assistant a revolutionary product and service for consumers and besides the company wants to make its Alexa powered Echo devices available for all the rooms in a consumer's house. You might, for example, tell Alexa to set the microwave for 3 minutes or ask Alexa to preheat the oven to 300 degrees. A number of other big-name manufactures, including GE Appliances, Kenmore, LG, and Samsung are also planning to add Alexa to their ovens and other appliances. Amazon explained further telling CNET that, "we're making it easier for device manufacturers to build for Alexa by providing a common framework".

The catch, as you might imagine, is that your ovens and microwaves need to support this feature, and nearly all "smart" versions now don't.

Survey data from Edison Research released last June found that Amazon Alexa-enabled devices have 82% market share compared to just 18% for Google Home.

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