Amazon is reportedly baking Alexa into a microwave this year

Amazon is reportedly baking Alexa into a microwave this year

Amazon is reportedly baking Alexa into a microwave this year

Details remain scarce at this point, but CNBC reports there could be eight new Alexa devices by the end of this year, including an in-car gadget. The info they've reviewed shows a list of devices that includes a microwave oven, amplifier, receiver, subwoofer, and an in-car gadget.

Amazon will reportedly hold an event sometime later this year to reveal the devices to the world.

Other smart home devices enable users to connect popular voice assistants, like Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant and Microsoft's Cortana, with appliances and other items around the home.

Worth noting is the milestone this set of new products represents for Amazon, which would as a result be moving into the home appliance market for the first time. Wake word detection and speech sync both seem like particularly intriguing new tools for developers to take advantage of - I'd bet on Amazon's efforts bearing some pretty interesting fruit in the months ahead.

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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. While all devices will have the ability to be connected with Alexa, only some will have Alexa built in.

Amazon is also reported to be working on a secretive home robot.

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.

Earlier this year, Amazon acquired the smart doorbell maker Ring, which also makes devices that are compatible with Alexa. Higher-end models provide further flexibility to explore Amazon's offerings beyond Xbox, but as always, these come at a premium. With most other smart plugs, you get some controls through Alexa but not all.

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