Alexa will cook your food for you in 2018

Amazon is bringing Alexa to smartwatches and headphones

Amazon Alexa's multiple smart home integrations and Google teaming with Nest and Apple HomeKit also are expected to fuel sales of smart speakers. June Oven had previously raised $9.5 million in funding, according to reports. Amazon says that support for other cooking appliances will be added later. While you won't be able to ask Alexa for cookies and have a tray of piping-hot chocolate chip emerge from the nearest Echo smart speaker, it will allow manufacturers to bake the the assistant into their upcoming microwaves.

Companies featured in the talks have reportedly included Procter and Gamble, and Clorox, who could soon "pay for higher placement if a user searches for a product such as shampoo on the device, similar to how paid searches work in Google".

Alexa now operates through Amazons' Echo and Echo Dot speakers and cooking requests will be made via these devices.

Having said that, Amazon has now announced an interesting use case or feature for Alexa. It'll also spread availability beyond the US-only skills that the new system will ship with now, to other countries. Appliance makers are able define their different cooking modes that are discoverable within the Alexa app, which means users will be able to access modes such as "defrost" in products such as Whirlpool's line of connected microwaves.

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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. Amazon has a handful of partners on board, but it isn't clear just how quickly support will roll out.

Whirlpool has already created an Alexa skill through Amazon's Smart Home Skill toolkit that will enable its to-be-launched microwaves to take cooking instructions such as "heat for 50 seconds" from the voice assistant. The tools are available from Amazon for developers now, but we'll still have to wait a while to see compatible appliances.

The Fire TV Stick's biggest shortcoming is that it's still very US-centric.

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