Focusing on its connected solutions for the kitchen, GE Appliances, a Haier company, has partnered with Amazon to allow the Alexa device to control a broad range of GE connected kitchen appliances.
“Voice connectivity has a big role in the Internet of Things, as well as in the home,” said Liz VerSchure, vp/GE Appliances, connected strategy. “Integrating our connected appliances with Alexa will help make consumers’ lives easier, more productive and a little more fun.”
According to the company, last year Amazon launched the Alexa Skills Kit and Alexa Voice Service, allowing developers to build skills or integrate Alexa directly into their hardware, product or service. Alexa now 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 and Monogram appliances is called “Geneva,” and Alexa device owners can use and control their GE appliances, for example, by saying, “Alexa, tell Geneva I want hot water,” which will tell the connected refrigerator to get hot water ready, the company said.
Available now, the entire connected Monogram and GE appliances suite, will integrate with all Alexa-enabled devices including Amazon Echo, Tap, Echo Dot and Fire TV.
“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.”
According to GE, there will be more Alexa functionality coming soon including connected window air conditioners.