Amazon is Readying the Alexa Device You Dreamed of: a Microwave

Amazon is Readying the Alexa Device You Dreamed of: a Microwave

According to the report, Amazon is expected to reveal at least some of the devices later this month.

With the ever-increasing presence of smart digital assistants, it's not entirely surprising to see a wider range of devices and appliances being powered by them.

These products mark Amazon's first move into the home appliances space, putting it in direct competition with companies like Sonos SONO and GE GE.

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An entire family of new Alexa-controlled products is apparently in the wings, including an amplifier, receiver and subwoofer. An unspecified in-car gadget is also planned. Whether the devices will be shipping in time for the holidays is unclear. Now, it seems Amazon is hoping to take things a step further with a clutch of new devices. An Alexa-powered microwave oven could possibly allow users to start/stop the microwave, and set cooking times. The company is reported to be working on a secretive home robot, as well, according to Bloomberg.

Each one of these new products could open up fresh revenue streams for Amazon.

It's believed Amazon will unveil a few of these Alexa-powered devices at an event later this month. Sonos, for example, has a similar business model, as it said in its quarterly filing that it relies on "custom installers of home audio systems for a significant portion of our sale". As an example - earlier this year, it teamed up with the home builder Lennar to add Echo speakers in some new homes. But it looks like the e-commerce firm is planning to expand its hardware portfolio drastically with as many as eight devices if the latest report by CNBC holds some weight. All of them will be Alexa-enabled, however, some of them will have Alexa inbuilt, says the report. It uses voice, touch, and motion controls, so all you need to do is tap its screen and talk to check the weather, hear the news, or play music.

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