Amazon Alexa is coming to more devices including a microwave

Amazon Alexa is coming to more devices including a microwave

Amazon Alexa is coming to more devices including a microwave

All of these products has Amazon's Alexa on some level and can act as a voice assistant. Speaking at the IFA trade show in Berlin earlier this month, Daniel Rausch, vice president of smart home at Amazon, said the company's vision for Alexa was to create something similar to the Star Trek computer - something anyone could use anywhere and in a natural way.

Amazon AMZN is doubling down on its Alexa-powered devices, with plans to release at least 8 new voice-controlled hardware devices before the end of the year, CNBC has learned.

As well as a microwave and the in-car gadget, the new product line up is thought to include an amplifier, receiver, and subwoofer. Sonos has an amplifier and subwoofer that works with Alexa, while GE has a smart microwave that can be connected to and controlled with Alex.

The CEO of Amazon has already made clear his ambition to make Alexa more widely used, as the company wants customers to be able to use the assistant wherever they are.

The online retailer is working on eight new Alexa-powered gadgets, CNBC reported, citing "people familiar with the matter". An Alexa-powered microwave oven could possibly allow users to start/stop the microwave, and set cooking times. Audi, one of the popular automobile firms has recently took the wraps off its first ever electric vehicle that supports Amazon Alexa voice commands.

It's unclear if the new devices will consist exclusively of collaborations between Amazon and other tech manufacturers, or if all of the devices will be made and sold by Amazon.

Amazon Echo relies on Microsoft's Bing search engine and Wikipedia, while Google Home uses the company's own Google Search. Around this time a year ago, Amazon revealed the newest members of the Echo family: the Echo Spot and updated Echo speakers.

Amazon doesn't disclose sales numbers for the Echo, but has previously said "tens of millions" of Alexa-enabled devices sold worldwide.

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