Alexa now with cooking capabilities

Amazon announced this month the introduction of cooking capabilities as part of the Smart Home Skill API. Developers can now build skills to enable customers in the US to control their microwave ovens using Alexa. This is an addition to the smart home devices, like cameras, door locks, lights, entertainment systems, and thermostats, already connected to Alexa.

Amazon says that “support for other cooking devices, such as conventional ovens, is coming soon. Cooking capabilities will also be available in other countries soon.”

How to use the cooking capability

Instead of pressing multiple buttons to enable advanced microwave features, users can now use their voices. For example, a user can say “Alexa, defrost three pounds of chicken” or “Alexa, microwave for 50 seconds on high.”

Interfaces on Smart Home Skill API: Alexa.Cooking, Alexa.Cooking.TimeController, Alexa.TimeHoldController, and Alexa.Cooking.PresetController.

Whirlpool has already an Alexa skill. GE Appliances, Kenmore, LG, and Samsung are working on it.