Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Amazon is Readying the Alexa Device You Dreamed of: a Microwave

Amazon is Readying the Alexa Device You Dreamed of: a Microwave

The internet giant is mulling the launch of eight new devices that can be controlled just by using your voice and its digital assistant technology, Alexa. Amazon has often taken a scattershot approach to its hardware initiatives, releasing not only massively successful products like the Echo home devices, but also experimental projects like Echo Buttons, a light-up device designed for gaming. Sonos has subwoofers and amplifiers that work with Alexa, while GE's microwaves support the assistant.

Amazon could be planning to seriously beef up its line of Alexa-enabled devices.

Smart speakers, smart displays and smart buttons - Amazon's ambitions for its Alexa voice assistant have been growing, but it's only built a few narrow categories of Alexa products itself.

The new devices reflect Amazon's ambition to make its Alexa voice technology ubiquitous by focusing on areas where people spend most of their time - at home and in the auto.

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Both Home and Echo are continually listening for commands, though Google and Amazon say nothing gets passed back to them until the speakers hear a keyword - "OK, Google" for Home and "Alexa" for Echo. This is Amazon preparing to push into all of your home electronics and appliances. These inclusions are the most likely, with Amazon looking to compete against Sonos' wireless speaker line-up (who already have a wireless amplifier for connecting wired speakers) and the Siri-enabled Apple HomePod.

According to the report, Amazon is expected to reveal at least some of the devices later this month. Generally, the company relies on partners to provide an ecosystem of devices that Alexa can control.

It previously announced a partnership with home construction company Lennar to include two Echo speakers in new homes and offered at-home visits from Amazon technicians.

Although there is no confirmation from Amazon, some of these devices could arrive later this month. In July, CEO Jeff Bezos said, "We want customers to be able to use Alexa wherever they are".

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