Hisense To Install Amazon Alexa Into Its Smart TVs

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.

Amazon says customers will be able to use commands like "Alexa, defrost three pounds of chicken" or "Alexa, microwave for 50 seconds on high", saving lots of button pushes in the process.

Amazon Echo owners spend 66% more than average customers of the e-commerce giant, helping the company to sell its voice-enabled devices for a lower price, per a study by Consumer Intelligence Research provided to Mobile Marketer.

Multinational manufacturer, Hisense is previewing its line up of 2018 smart TV's that will be announced at The Global Stage for Innovation (CES) 2018 next week. It already has an Alexa skill, too, which allows Echo users to preheat the oven, set and check times, and stop the cooking process by voice.

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. Specifically Alexa will gain dominion over microwave ovens along with conventional ovens.

Although Amazon has boasted of having 25,000 third-party voice skills for Alexa, developers still don't have a dependable way to make money on the platform. In addition, you could ask Alexa to preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Given you have to be in immediate proximity to a cooker or microwave in order to insert the food, Alexa won't save that much labour.

Only Whirlpool has officially made an Alexa skill for ovens and microwaves at the moment, but we have no timeline as to when we'll actually see an Alexa-capable oven or microwave from the company aside from "soon".

GE Appliances, LG, Samsung, and Kenmore also plan to add Alexa support for their ovens, as well as other appliances, at some point in the future. You can leverage these interfaces today for microwaves and for appliances that support preset cooking. It'll also spread availability beyond the US-only skills that the new system will ship with now, to other countries.

  • Joey Payne