Got a General Electric oven, fridge, dishwasher or washing machine and an Amazon Echo? Well now you can ask Alexa for a little help around the house.
GE Appliances, a Haier company, has announced the first Alexa skill that allows control over a large range of appliances in its line.
So you can preheat the oven, ask what the wash cycle is and more if you have the right smart home devices from GE. All the specific connected appliances even have the same name - Geneva - which should simplify your questions as long as they're specific.
For example, you can say, 'Alexa, tell Geneva I want hot water,' which will tell the connected refrigerator to get hot water ready. Other questions and commands could include, 'Alexa, tell Geneva to preheat the oven to 350 degrees' or 'Alexa, ask Geneva if my laundry is clean.'
You can download the skill right now for the entire connected GE suite including Monogram, Cafe and Profile devices for use with the Amazon Echo, Amazon Tap, Echo Dot and Amazon Fire TV. GE connected window air conditioner control is coming soon as well.
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Liz VerSchure, vice president responsible for GE Appliances connected strategy said, "Voice connectivity has a big role in the Internet of Things, as well as in the home. Integrating our connected appliances with Alexa will help make consumers' lives easier, more productive and a little more fun."
Her comment is pretty spot on. While this skill is limited to GE products, it's a huge start for the Internet of Things and could boost the smart home into the mainstream. It also continues to make Echo much more useful and opens up the possibility for more smart devices to connect up.