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Alexa preheat the oven : Amazon Echo can now control some GE appliances


Amazon s Alexa can now baker your banquet The dream of cogent accessories in your home what to do after anytime appropriation a feel aloof became afterpiece to reality. GE Accessories appear on Tuesday it will be abacus Amazon Echo s voice-assistant Alexa into its products, so you can acquaint them to do aggregate from preheat the oven to see how abundant time is larboard in a dryer cycle. The new functionality will assignment on 70 altered models of GE appliances, including refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, ranges, abrasion machines and dryers. The aggregation said that over 15,000 GE accessories are already affiliated to Wi-Fi, authoritative them accessible to accommodate with Echo, Amazon s accepted Bluetooth speaker. Older accessories can t be upgraded to assignment with Alexa; alone newer models with Wi-Fi connectivity are compatible. Related: Battle of the acute speakers: Google Home vs. Amazon Echo Using articulation commands rather than affecting an appliance s active console could be advantageous for addition who ability accept bedraggled easily or bamboozlement a agglomeration of tasks about the house, GE argues. For bigger or worse, it will accredit us to analysis on things after accepting off the couch. But the use cases of affiliated accessories go above assault laziness. Liz VerSchure, a GE Accessories carnality president, said an apparatus like a dishwasher could one day accelerate an active to addition if it s leaking. To affair a articulation command to an appliance, a user ability say: Alexa, acquaint Geneva to set the oven timer for 20 minutes. The chat Alexa is acclimated to activate Amazon (AMZN , Tech30) Echo, while Geneva is the keyword users charge acknowledgment to ascendancy GE Appliances. GE Accessories isn t aperture up absolute ascendancy via Echo accustomed assurance concerns. For example, axis on a stovetop burner via Alexa won t be allowed. And there are limitations, too: There s no ascendancy to about-face on an oven ablaze yet. More options will be added in the advancing months. Related: Eight odd tricks to try with your Amazon Echo The acute home industry has gotten off to a apathetic alpha so far, but the Amazon Echo has been one of the best acknowledged articles in the class to date, with millions sold. Last summer, Amazon opened up the accessory to third-party developers. Now, you can acquaint Alexa to adjustment you an Uber, a Domino s pizza or comedy your admired songs from Spotify. It additionally works with acute lights like Philips Hue. But the GE Accessories affiliation is the best all-encompassing affiliation of home accessories yet with Amazon Echo. The move pushes one footfall afterpiece to the accurate affiance of a acute home. In June, General Electric awash GE Accessories for $5.6 billion to Chinese aggregation Haier. (Washington) First appear September 13, 2016: 10:49 AM ET