Homeowners can now preheat their ovens, find out when their dishes will be clean, or learn if their clothes are dry without lifting a finger.
Utilizing Amazon Echo's voice connectivity Alexa system, GE Appliance owners can use and control their smart appliances by simply stating a command. It's the first Alexa skill to control a broad range of kitchen appliances including refrigerators, dishwashers, wall ovens, ranges, laundry and more.
“Voice connectivity has a big role in the Internet of Things, as well as in the home,” says GE Appliances vice president Liz VerSchure. “Integrating our connected appliances with Alexa will help make consumers’ lives easier, more productive and a little more fun."
The Alexa skill built for GE appliances and Monogram products has a unique name, which is "Geneva." 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. A few other skills include:
• "Alexa, tell Geneva to turn on Sabbath mode."
• "Alexa, tell Geneva to preheat the oven to 350 degrees."
• "Alexa, tell Geneva to set the oven timer for 10 minutes."
• "Alexa, tell Geneva to set the water heater to 110 degrees."
• "Alexa, ask Geneva if my laundry is clean."
Available today, all of the company's connected appliances will integrate with all Alexa-enabled devices including Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap, Echo Dot and Amazon Fire TV. There will be more Alexa functionality coming soon, the firm says, including GE Appliances connected window air conditioners.