Amazon Alexa Smart Home has partnered with GE Appliances to bring hands free voice control to consumer appliances —including your laundry appliances.
The era of the Jetsons has arrived!
In 2016, Amazon developed, Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and Alexa Voice Service (AVS), allowing developers to build Alexa skills or integrate Alexa directly into their hardware, product or service.
What is Alexa?
Alexa is the genius behind Amazon Echo, a cloud-connected speaker that offers hands-free voice control for everything from your favorite music to local weather and various alarms. Alexa has mastered over 2,000 skills and continues to incorporate more capacities, as new third parties like GE Appliances eagerly seek to connect their products to voice her capability via their hardware, product or service.
Okay. But Who/What is Geneva?
The Alexa skill built for the collaborative effort between GE appliances and Monogram® products has been given the moniker “Geneva.” Alexa device owners can use and control their GE Appliances products within their home by simply stating, “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.”
The Convenience Factor
For example, Instead of darting off to the laundry room, while feeding the baby, simply politely command Alexa to ask Geneva to check on your laundry. The two devices will converse with each other and then report the status to you. Simply put, the two devices are ready and able “household helpers” always ready to lend a hand and programed to please.
“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. We can’t wait for our Alexa customers to try it out.”
Ready to install in your home today
The complete connected Monogram and GE Appliances suite, including Café™ and Profile™ products will integrate with all Alexa-enabled devices including Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap, Echo Dot and Amazon Fire TV.