Amazon brings Alexa to headphones and smartwatches

Amazon brings Alexa to headphones and smartwatches

As users would use other Alexa devices, the Hisense Smart TVs will enable the user to perform various actions using only their voice.

When it comes to AI voice assistants, it seems as though Alexa integration is everywhere.

Prices and availability aren't stated at this time. These devices will, however, require a phone connection. This means users will be able to utilize Alexa to do things like control volume and change inputs with different voice controls. For example, a user can say "Alexa, defrost three pounds of chicken" or "Alexa, microwave for 50 seconds on high". Users can leverage these interfaces today for microwaves and for appliances that support preset cooking. The company will reveal which smart TVs get Alexa support at CES 2018. Some of the highlights will be shopping, using smart home devices and much more. Whilst Amazon has a variety of vendor partners, it's not certain how rapidly support will roll out.

Amazon is opening its Smart Home Skill API so cloud-based microwave ovens will be able to connect just by talking to them. The skill enables customers to easily configure, start, and operate their connected Whirlpool microwaves.

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Hisense has announced that their latest 2018 TVs will have Amazon Alexa built-in, with all of their new 4K-capable TVs featuring Amazon's assistant.

LG, Samsung, Kenmore and GE Appliances are also reportedly planning to add Alexa support to their appliance ranges.

To presumably speed up adoption in conventional ovens, Amazon's venture capital arm has also invested in June Life, a company that makes a smart oven called the June Oven.

All in all, this is an interesting development in the technology sphere. Hopefully, these companies are considering or taking necessary precautions to make sure that nothing leads to a unsafe situation or accidents. Do let us know in the comments.

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