Have your hands full or cleaning up a mess? GE Appliances and Amazon Alexa now make it possible to preheat your oven with just your voice. Hate to leave the kids while you check on the wash? Ask Alexa the status of your cycle and save a trip. GE Appliances is the first to interact with Alexa to control a broad range of kitchen appliances including refrigerators, dishwashers, wall ovens, ranges, laundry and more..
Last year, Amazon launched the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and Alexa Voice Service (AVS), allowing developers to build Alexa skills or integrate Alexa directly into their hardware, product or service. Alexa is the brain behind Amazon Echo, a cloud-connected speaker that offers hands-free voice control for everything from music to weather and alarms. Today Alexa has over 2,000 skills and continues to grow, with new skills being added by third parties like GE Appliances, who want to connect their products to voice capabilities.
The Alexa skill built for GE appliances and Monogram® products has a unique name, which is “Geneva.” This way, Alexa device owners can use and control their GE Appliances products by simply saying, “Alexa, tell Geneva I want hot water,” which will tell the connected refrigerator to get hot water ready. Other skills include “Alexa, tell Geneva to preheat the oven to 350 degrees” and “Alexa, ask Geneva if my laundry is clean.”
“We’re excited to work with GE Appliances to bring hands-free voice control to major appliances like refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers and more for the first time,” said Charlie Kindel, Director, Amazon Alexa Smart Home. “One of our goals with Alexa is to enable voice control on every device within the home, and this collaboration gets us one step closer to achieving that. We can’t wait for our Alexa customers to try it out.”
The entire connected Monogram and GE Appliances suite, including Café™ and Profile™ products, will integrate with all Alexa-enabled devices, including Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap, Echo Dot and Amazon Fire TV. Discover all of the great features of GE and Monogram appliances at Friedman’s.