Amazon continues its march to be a member of every part of your house with its latest plans to release at least 8 new Alexa-enabled devices by the end of this year. The online shopping giant has been integrating itself more and more with our lives and has plans to do so even further with things like a possible checking account-style product launch and more.
We’re set to see devices like microwaves, amplifiers, subwoofers, and more come from Amazon sometime this year, according to a new report. What does this mean for those shopping with the company? Keep reading for more information.
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The list of potential devices includes an amplifier, receiver, subwoofer, microwave oven, and in-car “gadget”, among other potential products.
All of these devices will be Alexa-enabled, which means you can use the voice assistant to easily control them. Some of these products, however, will have Alexa built-in, meaning the voice assistant itself will live within the product itself.
These devices are slated to be revealed, at least in part, later this month at an Amazon event.
Amazon is really focusing on expanding its Alexa-enabled coverage of devices. The smart assistant now finds itself in mirrors, laptops, projectors, portable air conditioners, refrigerators, washers, and it’s already in some microwaves. Amazon has all of its Alexa appliances listed right here.
What purpose could Amazon be attempting to accomplish with this takeover? Well, for one, if you use the company’s Assistant, you’re likely a Prime member. This means Amazon is already getting a yearly membership fee (which keeps going up) from you.
Another benefit Amazon gets from this is the ability to learn more about you and curate better suggestions for products when shopping online. If you’re using an Alexa-enabled fridge, washer, or microwave then you’re using Amazon’s assistant to cook or store food, meaning Amazon could start suggesting when to restock snacks, or even when it’s time to refill the laundry detergent.
Amazon declined to comment on this news to CNBC, which can be taken a few ways. But, we’re expecting to see these new products coming later this month and it kinda excites me. I love seeing things I’d never think about become “smart”. I would have never thought about a smart stove, but it makes so much sense now, “Alexa, preheat the oven to 400-degrees”.
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