CES 2018: 'Alexa, defrost five pounds of chicken.'

Whirlpool adds Amazon, Google voice recognition support to appliance portfolio

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CES 2018: 'Alexa, defrost five pounds of chicken.' Whirlpool customers can use voice commands anywhere in the house through their digital assistants. (Amazon)
By  David Ndichu Published  January 11, 2018

Whirlpool is adding voice command capabilities throughout its home appliance line-up, the company has announced at CES.

With Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support, Whirlpool customers can use voice commands anywhere in the house for everything from asking how much time is left on the microwave, setting and adjusting microwave cooking mode, set temperature and time on the AC, to starting, stopping and pausing washer and dryer.

Jennifer Tayebi, communications brand manager for Whirlpool brand, reckons a smart home should learn, adapt and grow with how families care for each other. “By teaming up with Google and Amazon, we’re providing families with a unique way to interact with their appliances to get chores done their way and on their time,” Tayebi added.   

In addition to voice-controlled capabilities with Amazon Alexa, Whirlpool brand is also introducing Amazon Virtual Dash Buttons to its refrigerators that have touchscreens. With Virtual Dash Buttons, Amazon Prime customers can order everyday home products from their LCD screen on their appliances.

“With more connected home devices introduced each year, it can be a challenge to make sure they all remain interconnected,” said Ryan Craig, senior manager, internet of things global strategy and partnerships. “By introducing the collaboration with the Google Assistant on Google Home in addition to our previous collaboration with Amazon, we’re hoping to offer a more connected smart home ecosystem for families.”

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