Hisense's latest 4K TVs will include Amazon Alexa

Hisense's latest 4K TVs will include Amazon Alexa

Hisense's latest 4K TVs will include Amazon Alexa

Up until now companies had to create custom skills for Alexa to command their appliances.

This move comes as Amazon believes that customers are increasingly using voice user interfaces (VUIs) as a hands-free way to manage their lives and hands-free control could especially be valuable when cooking. Amazon's Alexa-powered devices Echo, Echo Dot and the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote were the retailer's No. 1 and No. 2 top-selling over the holidays products, respectively, Amazon said. Hisense has revealed that some of its 2018 4K TVs will include Amazon Alexa, letting you control both the set itself and your smart home.

Now Amazon is making strides to expand that trend beyond lights, door locks and televisions, and into the kitchen.

Alexa's cooking capabilities will be first rolled out in the U.S. before being made available elsewhere. Whilst Amazon has a variety of vendor partners, it's not certain how rapidly support will roll out.

While Whirlpool's expected to be the first to launch the new Alexa cooking capability for its connected microwaves (no exact date has been given), Amazon also announced Samsung, GE, Kenmore and LG are all working to bring the new Alexa cooking capability to market. The skill enables customers to easily configure, start, and operate their connected Whirlpool microwaves.

Customers will be able to set microwave cook times, modes, power levels, and more by simply using their voice to tell Alexa what to do.

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.

Alexa's huge base of skills will also be available on new Hisense TVs. With the built-in cooking device controls in the Smart Home Skill API, you will make it easier for your customers to control your cloud-connected microwave. Do let us know in the comments.

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