Amazon announces Alexa is coming to headphones, smartwatches and fitness trackers

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What TV Models Will Incorporate Amazon Alexa?

Last year, Amazon introduced the AVS Device SDK, enabling OEMs to integrate Alexa directly into their connected products. Yes, you heard that right.

Millions of customers around the world have invited Amazon Alexa into their family, adding far-field voice control to rooms throughout the home. Next up? Controlling your kitchen appliances starting with microwave ovens. "Cooking capabilities will also be available in other countries soon", Amazon has stated.

Hisense has announced that it is partnering with Amazon to bring the e-retailers digital assistant, Alexa, to some of its 2018 Smart TVs. These devices will, however, require a phone connection.

Users will be able to ask Alexa to do things like read the news or tell them the weather when they're out and about. For example, a user can say "Alexa, defrost three pounds of chicken" or "Alexa, microwave for 50 seconds on high". Some of the highlights will be shopping, using smart home devices and much more. Appliances that have pre-sets are needed - like microwave ovens, conventional ovens, and presumably other cooking devices like slow cookers and perhaps bread makers. The interfaces are designed for future extensibility as support for more cooking devices becomes available the company has revealed. The skill enables customers to easily configure, start, and operate their connected Whirlpool microwaves. Now, Amazon is looking to strengthen Alexa's position by making it easier to get the virtual assistant integrated with accessories like headphones, smartwatches, and more.

Consumers need to ensure any smart appliances they purchase have been updated to support Alexa integration.

All in all, this is an interesting development in the technology sphere. Amazon wants more, though. Hopefully, these companies are considering or taking necessary precautions to make sure that nothing leads to a risky situation or accidents.

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