Amazon Alexa is a voice based smart assistant that is getting very popular. At the Consumer Electronics Show 2017, it showed Amazon intends to put Alexa everywhere. A number of companies announced integration with the audio based digital assistant.
Whirlpool Corporation announced collaboration with Amazon to usher in new home appliances responsive to Alexa. Though Whirlpool didn’t revealed the exact models that will work but they said Alexa enabled devices will debut early this year.
Alexa will work with Whirlpool’s home appliances such as the Washing Machines, Dryers, Refrigerators, and Smart Ovens. The company detailed that washing machines will be designed to respond to voice requests for tasks like pausing and starting a load of laundry, asking for the time remaining on a wash cycle.
Alexa could be asked to set the cooking mode, adjust temperature and time on Smart Oven. Consumers can also interact with refrigerators to turn on/off maximum ice and maximum cool settings; ask for refrigerator filter status; ask for current refrigerator temperatures.
In addition, GE Appliances, which is a Haier company too announced Alexa compatibility. Amazon announced collaboration with the brand back in September. The appliances include refrigerators, dishwashers, wall ovens, ranges, laundry and more. The company stated the entire connected Monogram and GE Appliances suite, including Cafe and Profile products will integrate with all Alexa-enabled devices including Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap, Echo Dot and Amazon Fire TV. There will be more functionality coming in the GE Appliances’ connected window air conditioners.
DISH Hopper DVR
The Dish Network also announced Alexa support for its Hopper DVR. According to the company statement, DISH is the first TV provider to offer direct compatibility with Alexa. Users can ask Alexa to navigate, search and quick play TV content on a broadband-connected Hopper DVR (all generations) based on channel, title, actor and genre.
Meanwhile, Alexa can also control new 4K TVs that come with Amazon Fire TV OS. Third Tier brands Westinghouse, Element, and Seiki — all built by Tong Fang Global, will have native support for Amazon Echo, Dot and others with Alexa. The included Alexa remote adds voice commands, and you can access Alexa skills and do home automation stuff.
- Philips Hue LEDs (on, off or dimming — no color changes)
- Lifx LEDs (on, off or dimming — no color changes)
- Belkin WeMo Switches
- Belkin WeMo Light Switches
- Insteon Hub-connected devices (lights and switches)
- SmartThings Hub-connected devices (lights and switches)
- Wink Hub-connected devices (lights and switches)
- If This Then That (IFTTT)
- Ecobee3 Connected Thermostat
- Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat
- Nest Learning Thermostat
- Honeywell Lyric Connected Thermostat (coming soon)
- Automatic Labs Connected Driving Assistant
- Lifx LEDs (full color control)
- Scout DIY Security
- Skybell HD Video Doorbell
- HomeSeer Home Automation
- D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plugs
- TP-Link Kasa
- Ooma Smart Home Phone System
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